SHILLONG: Cattle Smuggling in Meghalaya has re-surfaced and is increasing especially in EKH, WJH and EJH district of the State which shares border with Bangladesh. In order to prevent such illegal activity BSF Frontier HQ Meghalaya had formed special teams to carry out operations in these areas close to International Boundary.
In a series of such operations, on Friday the Border Security Force apprehended six Indian Nationals near Dawki (WJH) involved in cattle smuggling and seized as many as 53 cattle in different operation conducted, a truck was also seized during the drive on which the cattle were transported in contravention to Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Acts.
The preliminary questioning report of arrested persons revealed that these cattle were transported from Guwahati (Khanapara) and comprised of various cattle breed which are generally not found in the North Eastern State. They also disclosed a new modus operandi adopted while transporting these cattle to deceive Police personnel's on duty at various check points including inter-state border along the National highway.
To tackle this menace, the BSF have again urged the State concerned authorities to conduct joint operation in these areas and also place check points at suitable locations.
Study on cattle smuggling also revealed that it is linked with drug smuggling in the State and the money generated through this smuggling is used for funding remnant insurgent groups active in Meghalaya.