CHITTAGONG, Feb 10: Chittagong-based syndicates of smugglers have become active again thanks to the recent political situation after a relatively strict spell of law and order.
Smuggled goods of different categories worth billions of taka have flooded the in the port city markets depriving the government of huge revenue, concerned sources said.
As the political situation across the country including Chittagong deteriorated recently. The syndicates of smugglers became active and cleared consignments of smuggled goods through different coastal areas including Anowara, Gahira, Banshkhali, Sitakunda, Patenga, Chaktai, Khatunganj, Halishahar etc in Chittagong.
Electronic goods, cosmetics, cigarette, drugs, medicine, current net, batteries, spices, foreign wine etc are on the list of smuggled goods. The consignments come from Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Singapore, China, India and some other countries, the sources said.
They are usually stored in different depots at Reazuddin Bazar and Chaktai Khatunganj areas in the city.
The syndicates allegedly maintain cordial relations with the law-enforcers and political leaders in their bid to escape any punishment, the sources further said.