SILCHAR: Smuggling out cattle to Bangladesh though the Indo-Bangladesh border of Karimganj, in particular, has assumed a menacing proportion. This has been reported in the media from time to time. Last night, a Bangladeshi was shot dead by BSF near Phulkandi border fencing. He was identified as Abdur Rauf. He was among a gang of the 15 to 20 smugglers from that side of the border. From the spot of the incident, 3 sharp weapons, one fence cutter and a Bangladeshi mobile have been recovered by the BSF.
According to the inhabitants of Phulkandi border village, cow smuggling through Karimganj border has become a regular feature. Not only they, but the villagers along the border areas also have to pass through tensed night. The smugglers are well organised and also well armed with country-made weapons to scare away any one trying to resist them. It has become difficult for them to keep their cattle safely. They have to be on guard, pointed out Khalilur Rahman. In fact, BSF had to fire when the smugglers made desperate attempt to cut the fencing and trespass into Indian territory.