ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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stock at its disposal . Every day, tons of rice and paddy loaded in trucks and bullock carts sneak into Bangladesh from the border districts of the North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, West Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar. It is useless to blame the Border Security Force, Bengal Police and other agencies guarding the international border when the state government itself has not had any definite policy about procurement or stoppage of smuggling. The smuggling of essential commodities from West Bengal to Bangladesh has another harmful effect. Both the centre and the state government should note that the continuation of smuggling will benefit the military rulers of Bangladesh who have not yet been able to give the country a sound economy.

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