With administration mum, herb smuggling increases in Chure forest
By Badri Narayan Yadav (SIRAHA): Precious herbs of the Chure forests are being smuggled to India through various entry points of Siraha district, but the concerned bodies are keeping mum even if revenue of hundreds of thousands of rupees have been leaked.
There has been danger of herbs being extinct after smugglers told the locals of Chure area to collect herbs even by destroying trees and plants, said Jibachh Saha of Taregana, who is active in Chure conservation.
Concerned bodies have been keeping mum because of bribery from smugglers even if the herbs are being destroyed, claimed Saha.
Smugglers collect bhorla leaves, tejpat, kurilo, sarpagandha, harro barro, sikakai, loth salla and amala from the jungles of Udayapur, Saptari and Siraha districts and smuggle into India after collecting at Lahan, Dhangadhi, Golbajar, Mirchaiya, Bandipur and Zero Mile of Siraha, said Indian herb businessman Ramkishor Singh.
The herbs collected are taken to India through cycles, bullock carts, tractors and trucks, said one Nageswor Yadav of Siraha.
This is smuggled via Thadi, Jhajh Patti, Bariyar Patti, Aurahi, Sijyoti and Madar points.
However, Armed Police SP of Siraha Harischandra Adhikari and CDO Dhruba Prasad Dhakal said they had no information on the smuggling. RSS