4 Nepalis held in India for sandalwood smuggling

4 Nepalis held in India for sandalwood smuggling

Indian police have initiated investigation following the arrest of four Nepalis in Gurgaon, Hariyana state of India, for their alleged involvement in smuggling a truck loaded with red sandalwood to Nepal via Karnataka state of India.

Local police had informed Rajendra Man Shrestha, councilor at Nepali mission in New Delhi, about the arrest of four Nepalis including the truck driver on August 31.

According to the FIR registered at Manesar Police Station, Gurgaon, Netra of Arghakhachi, Megh of Palpa and Jagat and Babukaji of Dhading have been arrested in the red sandalwood case. Other details about the arrested Nepalis have not been disclosed.

There were nine people in the truck bearing fake registration number plate. Five Indians had fled the site after becoming aware about the police inspection.

It seems the smugglers have been seeking for an alternative route for transporting red sandalwood to Nepal after security at regular border points have been tightened, councilor Shrestha said.

Red sandalwoods are specially bound to China making Nepal as a transit point. They are mostly imported from India’s Karnataka state.

The arrested Nepalis will be punished according to local law if the charges against them are proved. However, the Nepalis have been denying their involvement in the smuggling saying that they are mere transporters working on wages and had no idea about what they were transporting.


Source: eKantipur