FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, April 2: The Khasi Jaintia Butchers Association (KJBA) is crying foul on the process of auctioning the seized cattles by the customs department in Pynsursla on Friday. The members of the KJBA who rushed to Pynursla to buy the 28 cattle heads that were seized before being smuggled to Bangladesh were amazed that the auctioned was completed in three minutes time.
The vice president of the KJBA G Warlarpih admitted that they were eight minutes late for the auction but pondered on the swiftness of the process carried out by the officials of the customs department.
“Although we were eight minutes behind the scheduled time yet we have already sent our representative to be part of exercise. But one thing that shocked us is that the Auction started at 10.05 A.M and concluded at 10.08 A.M”. “Can you sell 28 cattle heads and count the money in such a short time,” stated an agitated Warlarpih, adding, “As an association we will not hesitate to believe had the process complete in half an hour.”
The Custom official informed us that the auctioning started at 10.05 am but strangely it was completed in three minutes time. How can 28 cattle heads be sold in such a short time?” stated an agitated Warlarpih.
Suspicious with the Auctioning process carried out by the Customs department, the KJBA even paraded its representative Brasstar Nonsteng who claimed to have reached the venue ahead of time but notice no such exercise.
Moreover, the members of the KJBA also lamented that they could not get the mes of the buyers from the official in charge, a reason that compounded their suspicion. Top official of the customs could not be reached today. But the members of the KJWA who have vowed to fight against the mece of cattle smuggling to Bangladesh will carry out their follow up action in the days to come. Note mentioning the edges along the southern slopes of Meghalaya bordering Bangladesh has been one the stretch that is famous for cattle smuggling.