FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
DHUBRI, May 12: 115 cattle head were seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday night at Dhubri district along Indo-Bangla border.
Sources said acting on a tip-off , the BSF team raided along the Indo-Bhutan border in Dhubri district and seized 70 cattle head from Galapara under Sukhachar police station and 45 cattle head from Kalairchar area under South Salmara police station in the district. BSF sources said the cattle smuggler maged to escape under the cover of darkness.
It may be mentioned that cattle smuggling through the porous India-Bangladesh border in the Dhubri district is on the rise.
In the latest case, a smuggler was apprehended and 36 head of cattle were seized from Ghewmari border of the district on Monday. In February alone, the BSF and police personnel seized more than 300 head of cattle.
During 2009-2010, the district administration had put in place stringent measures, which had brought down the transportation of cattle to Dhubri district from where they are smuggled out to the neighbouring country.
A local student leader said that at present, owing to the alleged lack of initiative by the district administration to contain the transportation of cattle from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Harya to the district, cattle smugglers do not face any difficulty in sending head of cattle to Bangladesh.
From January to November last year, BSF jawans apprehended 17 rebels, crimils and Bangladeshi tiols and seized cattle, drugs, fake Indian currency notes and other contraband valued at Rs 3 crore.