Tea has become a newly prominent item for smuggling from India to Bangladesh.
The Border Security Force (BSF) recently confiscated around 2000 kilogram of tea powder from Bilashchara in Kamalpur of Dhalai district of Tripura, reported The Hindu.
BSF handed over the confiscated batch to the local police station.
A police officer on Tuesday said smugglers collected the powder from a tea estate but the BSF personnel of the Kathalbari border outpost foiled their attempt, he said.
The officer added that the border in the area has been fenced but desperate smugglers make attempts to throw consignments across and sometimes use ladders for the purpose.
Tripura has some 50 tea gardens and several of them are owned by the State government after they were abandoned by the planters.
The tea of some of the plants has attracted an international market at the initiative of the Tripura Tea Development Corporation Limited.