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HSD smuggling rampant along coasts

The customs department claims it has information of rampant smuggling of high-speed diesel fuel (HSD) into India, from the coasts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The diesel fuel is reportedly routed to petrochemical companies and distributors who sell it in the market without paying the requisite duty to the government. The government is losing up to Rs11 (US$0.24) on each liter of smuggled HSD sold in the market. The department has alerted its personnel, the Coast Guard and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to catch foreign vessels coming to the Indian maritime boundary, where the HSD is transferred to barges and brought to shore. (September 4, 2006)