Smuggling through the Rajshahi border points have increased considerably due to laxness of border guards in the last few days, said people in the bordering villages.
Indian drugs including heroin and phensidyl and clothes are entering the country through the borders in huge quantity, they said.
"One has to cross the Padma River twice to go to the Indian border at Char Majardia. There are at least 10 boats at ferry points for carrying smuggled items," said a villager.
While going to the village at daytime, this correspondent saw some 11 boats at the first ghat (ferry point) on the Padma and 14 boats at the next ghat but only one boat in each ghat was engaged in carrying villagers across the river.
Villagers said smugglers use the other boats only during the night.
Similar picture is available also at other Padma ghats toward the Indian borders including Sonaikandi, Khar Chaka, Bidirpur and Char Asariadaha.
Five BDR men were seen on duty at Char Majardia BDR camp. Asked about the boats, Havildar Daud Hossain said those boats are used during the rainy season. He denied smugglers' activity on the border.
"A section of border guards were always helpful to us. Now anxious about their fate after the incident in Dhaka, many of them are staying inside their camps," a smuggler told this correspondent during the latter's visit to Godagari.
Mansur Ali, a member of Char Asariadaha union parishad, said Indian villagers with the help of Indian BSF members are taking away crops and grass from Bangladesh fields on Manik Chalk border areas.
"Anti-smuggling operations have almost become ineffective," he said in a tone of disappointment.
BOP officials at different borders claimed they returned to their duties as before. "Smugglers have no scope to be active as Indian BSF are on high alert following Bangladesh incident", said a BOP official
Published On: 2009-02-28
Police take control of BDR installations
Subedar Maj Siddique and Subedar Shamsul Haque of Rajshahi sector headquarters, now under control of police, handed over their arms and keys to the armoury to the district official. A number of BDR jawans looked distressed and scared while surrendering their arms.
The bordering areas remained vulnerable as distraught BDR members were reluctant to return to duty amid confusion. A BOP commander told The Daily Star, "The smugglers will not be able to cash in on the prevailing situation as the Indian Border Security Force remains on red alert on the other side of the border." http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=77749
BDR unrest spreads countrywide
In Rajshahi, BDR troops staged demonstrations and opened fire this morning in support of the demands of their colleagues who staged a bloody revolt at the BDR Headquarters in the capital's Pilkhana area.
Locals said they heard sounds of gunfires and saw smoke coming out of the headquarters, triggering tensions in and around the area.
Like yesterday, no commanding officers did attend office today. It could not be ascertained whether the officers were still staying in there residences or abandoned those.
BDR personnel took position at different points of the sector headquarters in the northwestern frontier town and remained "on high alert to tackle any untoward situation", sources said.
Earlier yesterday, soldiers virtually took control of the headquarters, hours after the mutiny by their fellowmen in Dhaka. Besides, a good number of BDR men from Chapainawabganj and Naogaon camps came to the headquarters at 12noon yesterday and took control of it, but they laid down arms after a few minutes
Calm across country after chaos, revolt
Rebel jawans took control of BDR compound by the Airport Road at Shalbagan yesterday morning.
They fired blank shots and brandished mortars, shotguns, and grenades.
The road emptied as gunshot rang out in the area
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=77644 The bordering areas remained vulnerable as distraught BDR members were reluctant to return to duty amid confusion. A BOP commander told The Daily Star, "The smugglers will not be able to cash in on the prevailing situation as the Indian Border Security Force remains on red alert on the other side of the border." http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=77749