Beanibazar, Sept. 11 -- Beanibazar, a frontier upazila, is a thriving market for stolen and illegally imported Indian motorcycles.

The vehicles, costing between Tk 50,000 and Tk 90,000, are on high demand among the youth who roam the streets flaunting the latest models. These bikes are being used in criminal activities, illegal street racings and in political programmes, locals alleged.

But the situation is improving as police are conducting drives across the upazila to seize illegal motorcycles. So far, 11 people have been arrested, sources said.

According to them, smugglers use several routes to bring in motorcycles from India.

In many cases, they said, parts of motorcycles are first smuggled into Beanibazar then assembled locally. ...