Friday, August 28, 2009

Bidyapur market is hub of Naga, ‘Bangladeshi’ illegal trade

JORHAT, Aug 28: The Bidyapur market located in the Sector-C of Asom-Nagaland border under Sarupathar police station in Golaghat district is the hub of illegal trade covering the Northeast. The adjoining areas of the market namely Setonapur and Lakhipur have become a shelter for these illegal traders. The illegal traders come from Bangladesh, Manipur and Nagaland, and have been visiting this market regularly through the Dimapur and Bukajan railway stations.

According to sources, the illegal trade of arms and ammunition, drugs, fake currency notes, human trafficking, animal trade and timber smuggling are the main business of the traders visiting this market. The bazaar, famous for its red chillies, consists of some PCOs, pharmacies and other permanent establishments that conduct this clandestine market. Sources also said illicit drugs are transported by four pharmacies and some international calls have been traced from four PCOs in the market.

Meanwhile, official sources said the three border sectors function without any border magistrate which has become a matter of serious concern in the last few years. The Forest Department has also given a deaf ear to these illegal activities. Sources said that despite reports of threat by Nagas and Bangladeshis being sent to the Home Department of the State Government, it is yet to take action.

Local people alleged that the trafficking of Bangladeshi labourers by the Nagas through this market threatens the very survival of the Asomiya people residing in the bordering areas.
It is noteworthy that at the bilateral talks between the chief ministers of Asom and Nagaland in 1979, it was decided to maintain ‘stand operation procedure’ in the border. Despite this, the Nagaland Government has violated the agreement. But surprisingly, the Central Government has failed to take any action against Nagaland so far. THE SENTINEL

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