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Quantum jump in human trafficking, smuggling from Nepal: SSB

PTI June 15, 2015 8:57 IST

Jaipur: Special Service Bureau (SSB) guarding the Nepal border said that human trafficking and smuggling from across the neighbouring country have witnessed a substantial rise.

The Director General of SSB, B D Sharma, said, "Human trafficking specially of young girls was rampant and SSB was trying to rescue and rehabilitate them with the help of NGOs."

He was delivering a key note address at a national conference titled 'Border Security: Challenges and Remedies'.

There was a quantum jump in seizure of gold in recent years, he said.

"As against seizure of gold worth Rs 73 lakh in 2012 it was Rs 23 cr worth in 2014," he said.

Similarly, Fake Indian Currency (FICN) seizure was also rising along the border as it was Rs 62 lakh counterfeit notes in 2012 which grew up to 194 lakh in 2014, he said.

Cattle smuggling was 17 lakh heads in 2008, which was 144 lakh in just five months of 2015, he said in his slide presentation.

A parallel economy was running across from the border as cattle smuggling, human trafficking and FICN not only generated income but also provide avenues of jobs, he said.

India needed better rules and acts to curb such crime and deal with smugglers and habitual criminals, the SSB DG opined.

He claimed the defence forces and other Indian agencies were keeping strict vigilance to check such illegal activities.

BJP MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and former DG of BSF M L Kumawat addressed the gathering.