Karimganj: Police at Sonakhira Outpost have recovered smuggled agar woods worth over Rs 3 lakh from Chandkhira Kathaltali- Patharkandi of Sonakhira area near the Assam-Tripura border.
A new white Wagon-R without number plate was also seized.
It is learned that the driver of the vehicle and those involved in the smuggling of agar woods managed to escape despite the success of the Sonakhira police during a routine search at around 3.30 pm on Wednesday.
Patharkandi Police Station OC Tanbir Ahmed handed over the smuggled vehicle along with pieces of agar wood to Debojyoti Nath, Range Forest Officer.
Taking the matter into consideration, Range Officer Nath said that about one and a half quintals of agar wood chips have been confiscated from the seized vehicle. The market price of these chips will be around Rs. 7 lakhs at Rs. 5,000 per kg. He further said that the forest department has kept the vehicles including agar in their custody. These will be reported at the DFO office in Karimganj on Thursday.
It may also be mentioned that about three to four hundred foreign youths have set up bases in the greater Kathaltali area for such illegal activities. Although the brokers have made a lot of money by smuggling pieces of agarwood illegally, the government is losing crores of rupees in revenue every year, sources informed.