Sunday, June 25, 2017

KENDU LEAF SMUGGLED FROM BALANGIR Saturday, 24 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
It is common to find electronic items, gold and other costly goods smuggled and sold in market illegally to make huge profit and often caught by police.
However in a new development, Kendu leaf, which is nationalised product and whose trade is carried out by a Government agency and provides a minimum annual profit of over Rs 100 crore to the Government, has turned out to be a new target of smugglers.
Balangir district, which is otherwise infamous for its poverty, distress migration of poor people to brick kilns in other States in search of livelihood, produces one of the finest quality of Kendu leaves.
According to sources, three days ago, a forest official in charge of Kendu leaf trade had gone to the Balangir railway station and noticed suspicious movement of some women. When he inquired, he came to know that Kendu leaf was being smuggled from here to Kolkata.
When the official followed a woman, she fled from the spot. Following the lead, the official located a house near the railway station but couldn't find any Kendu leaf in the house.
However, this has lent credence to reports that Kendu leaf is being smuggled from district to Kolkata in connivance with dishonest officials here. Local have demanded a through inquiry in this regard and action against the culprits.

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