Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized a huge quantity of Indian clothes worth around Tk 3 crore from a market in Chittagong.
The BDR men claimed that the seized clothes were smuggled from India.
Acting on a tip-off, a BDR team during a seven-hour drive raided some six godowns on the 3rd floor of Khaza Market near the Station Road adjacent to Reazuddin Bazar and seized the clothes.
Around 1000 general traders and staff of the market staged a demonstration during the raid claiming that those clothes were legally bought.
Sources said BDR members cordoned the market at 5:00am and started the raid at around 10:00am with the help of a magistrate.
They broke open the locks, entered the six godowns and seized the huge quantity of Indian clothes, mostly sarees and ready-made garments, worth around Tk 3 crore, a BDR official said.
At one stage, traders staged a demonstration protesting seizure of the clothes. However, police and Rab officials were deployed on the spot.
President of the traders' association of the market Mahmudul Hoque told The Daily Star that not a single piece of the seized clothes were illegally stored in the market.
Deputy Commander of 28 Rifles Battalion Maj AKM Nurul Bahar said nobody came to us claiming possession of the clothes, adding that the association leaders also could not show any valid document in this regard.
“We told them to bring valid documents within 24 hours,” the official added.