Betelnut smuggling up, Pick up-Van Under Police Charge

Betelnut smuggling up, Pick up-Van Under Police Charge

  • Published Date: Mar 10,2019

Manoj Banaita

Siraha : A police team of Siraha confiscated betel nuts from a pick-up van. The van was taken under controlled on Ziromile- Bariyarpatti highway of Dhangadhi Mai municipality.

The driver along with the van (sa 1 cha 1598) is under inspection. With the help of a secret information, police came in action and checked the van. According to police, the van loaded with betelnut, cardamom, kerosene etc. DSP Madhav Raj Kharel says "the investigation is going on." Betel nuts are first imported from third countries and then are smuggled into India. The customs department has hiked taxes on betel nut imports to discourage the illicit trade.

The report says that government has been charging a flat Rs 45 per kg duty on the imports. Until last fiscal year, the traders had to pay up to 30 percent customs tax and 13 percent value added Tax.

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