Nepal police arrest two for smuggling Indian sugar

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Nepal has intensified its effort to crack down on sugar smuggling in the country. Recently, Nepal police have arrested two people in connection with sugar smuggling case. Accused have been identified as Dinesh Pandey and Ramesh Tiwari, from the Kalaiya district.

According to the reports, police have recovered 17 quintals of Indian sugar. It was smuggled from India.

Addressing the press conference, DSP Ranjit Singh Rathaur said, “They had not paid customs duties on the Indian sugar which was stored in a rented room. Company registered in the name of Pandey’s wife, Jaya Hanuman Traders, sold the unauthorised sugar. Further investigation is on.”

Recently, Nepal government had lifted the import restriction on Indian sugar. The import ban was imposed after the domestic sugar industry claimed that they cannot compete with sugar from other countries. The excessive supply of cheaper foreign sugar in the domestic market had lowered the demand for comparatively costly Nepali sugar.

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