Vol. 4 Num 218 Mon. January 05, 2004  

20 hurt as 'smugglers' clash in Lalmonirhat
5000 phensidyl bottles, 20 kg hemp smuggled in daily

At least 20 people were injured as alleged smugglers clashed over sharing Tk,20,000 earned from sale of smuggled phensydil at Mogolhat border in the Sadar upazila in the early hours of Friday.

Three of the injured- Faruk, Dalu and Vullu--have been admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in critical conditions, police and hospital sources said. The rest were treated at the local health complex.

The injured include Malek, Soharab, Dinesh, Hares, Hanif, Mamun, Munshi, Halim, Faysal, Gani, Waris, Rishad, Habu, Sumon and Chhatku, all from Karnopur and Kumartary villages under Mogolhat union.

Police and local people said the groups also smuggle hemp, wine, spices, cloth, vehicle spares and by-cycle from India.

Police said a case was yet to be filed.

There are several godfathers of smugglers who control and guide organised gangs of smugglers, they alleged.

At least 5,000 bottles of phensydil and 20 kilograms of hemp and other drugs are smuggled into the country through Mogolhat and Durgapur border every day, they claimed.

Contacted over telephone, the BDR command at Lalmonirhat denied the allegation.