Beggars, they say, cannot be choosers. But in Bihar’s border districts of Kishanganj, Araria, West Champaran, East Champaran and Sitamarhi, they are being increasingly chosen for a special task – liquor smuggling.
Beggars have emerged as the safest best as carriers of liquor from across the border without getting noticed. “They usually get the benefit of doubt, as hardly anyone suspected them,” a policeman said, adding the sudden spurt in the movement of beggars in bordering areas that has come under the lens of security personnel manning the borders.
Shashastra Seema Bal personnel detected some carriers as physically-challenged beggars, carried in small wooden cart by fellow beggars to evade the eyes of police.
At some places, personnel refused to check the ‘carriers’ wearing false bandage on their legs and hands and behaving like leprosy patients.
One such smuggler, Sanichra who was nabbed at Raxaul border, admitted that he earned about Rs 500 daily these days.
According to government Railway Police (GRP) officials, peddlers have used beggars and poor women to smuggle liquor by express trains to Bihar from West Bengal. A similar tactics was also adopted earlier to smuggle contraband.