Police in Parsa seized a tractor heading to India with liquor worth more than one million rupees last night.

A police team from Pokhariya Area Police Office confiscated the liquor consignment from Bhiswa Banjari of Chhipaharmai Rural Municipality.

According to Parsa police Spokesperson DSP Om Prakash Khanal, police had received a tip-off that liquor was being smuggled to India under the cover of night.

"Upon learning that a huge consignment of liquor was being smuggled to India, a police team confiscated 300 cartons of Kasturi brand liquor from a tractor while checking at the Das Gaza area," said the DSP, adding that the driver, however, managed to escape.

Further, the police officer informed that the tractor with its illegal consignment had been handed over to Birgunj Customs Office and a search for the owner and tractor driver was under way.

It is important to note that a prohibitory order has been in force in the district for the past one month with almost all border points completely sealed to control the spread of coronavirus. The only entry point through which limited movement of goods and people are allowed is Inaruwa, and under heavy security checking at that.

Meanwhile, despite the stepped up security in the district, cross border smuggling of goods and commodities hasn't stopped. It is often alleged that even police are complicit in such smuggling.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.