SHILLONG, Aug 18: The BSF troops deployed in Baghmara in South Garo Hills District seized 143.373 Cft of wooden logs, two tons of coal and several bamboos on intertiol border while being smuggled from India to Bangladesh.
The rivers, flowing towards Bangladesh, are being used for smuggling of forest produced by the smugglers. It is said that the timber in the form of logs are dropped in the rivers duly marked, and some are collected in Bangladesh.
These pieces of timber are tied up with the bamboo rafts. Even coal filled sacks are also concealed under these bamboo rafts. The seized items have been handed over to the Forest Department for further disposal.
After the incessant rainfall in Meghalaya, the increased water level in the rivers has made smugglers attempt their nefarious activities through rivers and nullahs.
In another incident, the BSF troops seized 20 cattle from the bordering area of Lynkghat and Tuka, East Khasi Hills district while being smuggled into Bangladesh from India.