Women, kids used for smuggling at Indo-Nepal border

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Maharajganj, Jun 13: With the intention of sending out goods across the border to Indo-Nepal ducking the security, the smugglers have adopted a new tactics of utilising women, children and physically handicapped people as "carriers".

Commandant of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at Sonauli border, Lalit Kumar said that they have tracked nearly 300 such carriers including women and children (aging between 7-10 years).

After SSB came to Sonauli border during 2002, the smugglers have changed their modus operandi. They use children, women, handicapped and aged persons as agents.

Items such as tobacco, soaps, shampoo and sugar were smuggled from Nepal to India and vice-versa.

SSB commandant said, "We are teaching children to keep themselves involved in constructive activities.If we catch anyone red-handed, we hand them over to police as we do not have powers to arrest."

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