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The Jessore district administration in Bangladesh has taken precautions to prevent raw hides from being smuggled out through Benapole to India.
The biggest hide market in the country after Dhaka sits at Rajarhat in Jessore. Raw hides are traded on Saturday’s and Tuesday’s each week. Greater Jessore Leather Businessmen’s Association General Secretary Alauddin Mukul said traders of 21 districts living along the river, the Padma, deal in leather at 200 warehouses. “Raw hides worth around Tk200 million (US$2.6 million) are sold during every Eid-ul-Azha.” Traders are afraid that raw hides are being smuggled out to India since an 'influential syndicate' appears active in buying them.
Police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) are said to be on alert in the relevant areas to prevent this. Sharsha Police Station OC Abdul Jalil said additional police had been deployed at the frontiers of that area to prevent smuggling of rawhides and ensure security of the businessmen. Along with setting up check posts, transportation of all raw hide-laden vehicles towards the frontiers have been banned, he told bdnews24.com. Khulna 23rd BGB Commander Lt Col Taif-ul-Haque told bdnews24.com.
Asked about the reasons why the hides are smuggled to India, a trader, Idrsi Ali Shahaji, said businesses like theirs do not get loan even though the government provides millions of taka to tannery owners in credit.
"When the tannery owners drop the price of raw hides after buying them, traders like to smuggle them out for extra money," he said.
Another trader, Sheikh Shahidul Islam, said smugglers would take the opportunity this time due to the crisis of capital that the professional traders in raw hides were suffering.
"They [smugglers] buy raw hides from local neighbourhoods paying more than the market price. Then they hand them over to the syndicate for smuggling."
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