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BSF seizes contraband items, cattle worth lakhs

SHILLONG, June 4: The BSF has seized contraband items worth more than Rs 35 lakh along with 171 numbers of cattle while being smuggled out from India to Bangladesh on the International Border along Meghalaya since the last four days from the areas of Tuka, Nayabazar, Lyngkhat, Umsiyam, and Ryngkua in Shella District, East Khasi Hills; Muktapur in West Jaintia Hills and Baburambill in West Garo Hills respectively, stated a press release.

Frequent seizures by the BSF troops indicate that smuggling of cattle has shown a phenomenal increase this year along the International border of Meghalaya. The cattle smugglers have been making very daring bids to cross over the cattle to Bangladesh.

Noticing suspicious movement near the international border, the BSF troops deployed at Tuka in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya carried out a search operation in the area. As the BSF party rushed towards the spot, the miscreants ran away taking the cover of thick vegetation and bad weather.

Following the search operations, the BSF troops recovered 24 cattle worth approximately more than Rs. 3.85 lakh. These cattle were being smuggled from India to Bangladesh.

Though the smugglers have been trying to smuggle cattle across the unfenced areas, the BSF has been successful in foiling their attempts. As an alternative, the smugglers have also tried to smuggle cattle through the fenced area by breaching the fence at the several points.

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