FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, April 30: Despite of best efforts put in by vigilant troops of the Border Security Force (BSF), smuggling continues ubated in Meghalaya.
Recently, the BSF apprehended a smuggler while trying to smuggle cattle into Bangladesh.
The BSF troops deployed at Balughat, South West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya observed some suspicious movement with cattle near the Intertiol Border.
The BSF party encircled the suspected area and squeezed the cordon. As a result one Indian cattle smuggler along with 21 cattle was caught while he was trying to smuggle cattle from India to Bangladesh.
The cattle smuggler was later identified as Sauful Islam (30) of Bhati Jhagarachar village, of South Salmara district, Mankachar, Assam.
In another incident, the BSF troops deployed at Gaobari, South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya seized 12 more cattles while being smuggled to Bangladesh.
The special operation party of BSF laid a trap while some smugglers along with cattle were proceeding towards Bangladesh through a thickly vegetated area.
The BSF troops rushed towards the suspected area before the smugglers could succeed in their nefarious activity; personnel of the BSF cordoned off the area and recovered a considerable numbers of cattle.
The BSF troops deployed at Baghmara in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya also seized 63.87 cubic feet of wooden logs worth approximately more than Rs 4 lakh in the intertiol border while being smuggled out to Bangladesh through Simsang River. Wooden logs are often concealed under improvised bamboo rafts for smuggling of wood logs to Bangladesh.
Despite regular seizure of wooden logs by BSF at zero line, smuggling of wooden logs continues ubated from the hinterland.