Monsoon Session: Over 70,000 smuggling cases reported on Indian borders since 2014

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During the Parliamentary session of the Lok Sabha, a question regarding the government’s efforts to check negligence of Indian Security Forces Personnel in preventing cross-border smuggling was presented to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs answered the question on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The minister stated that until now 13,675 smuggling cases were reported at the Indian borders in 2017.

The minister stressed that the government is taking affirmative steps to check negligence of Indian Security Force personnel. The Border Guarding Forces has established an anti-corruption helpline to provide information regarding any smuggling activities being undertaken by border security personnel.

The minister also stated that surveillance systems were in place at the border and also that the security forces at the border were directed to perform their duties as per the directions of the Standing Operating Procedure (SOP).

However, some troubling information was also revealed. The government had recorded 57 cases of Indian Security Force personnel involvement in smuggling cases in the last three years and the current year. The minister stated that appropriate action has been taken in all cases and 54 personnel have been punished for their involvement in cross-border smuggling.

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