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LoC trade encroachment on sovereignty of India in J&K: Gupta

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, May 20, 2013
First Published: 18:11 IST(20/5/2013) | Last Updated: 18:12 IST(20/5/2013)

The LoC trade is proving not only scandalous but also an encroachment on the sovereignty of India in Jammu and Kashmir and recoiling upon the security matters.

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All this needed a deep look by some independent agency instead of going under pressures of secessionists and semi-secessionists operating in various guises.

This was observed by MLA Chaman Lal Gupta while commenting upon the reports that a large consignment of Chinese apples was seized by the customs department at Uri and later on it was released mysteriously after obtaining a certificate by an expert that these apples are the product of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the Chinese stickers were misleading.

Gupta said that the fact remains that over 90% goods being exchanged are not actually the products of this state which have come to be a part of the trade. In this regard, Gupta pointed out that coconut, bananas, chillies and some such like items are not the produce of this state but are being exported to POK in huge quantity.

Similarly, Peshawari Chappals, cloth, carpets, almonds and some other such like items being imported are not the production of POK. “By this dubious trade not only the custom duty and other taxes are being evaded but also third country produce is getting their way in this state and being taken to other parts of the country in dubious manner and an unscrupulous type of game is going on,” he said.

More than this, Gupta also pointed out that some traders have been found utilising this LOC trade for funding hawala money to ultras and separatists. Some cases have already surfaced and mysteriously tackled.

Earlier, there were reports about Chinese carpet finding their way to various parts of India and the seizure and release of Chinese apples is quite a serious matter which must be looked into with various angles including that of third country involvement.

“The subversion and friendship cannot go together,” Gupta said.


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