SHILLONG: BSF troops deployed at Hawaitilla in West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya noticed some suspected movement near the International Border on Sunday. The security personnel rushed towards the spot. The miscreants ran away taking the cover of thick vegetation while the BSF troops recovered 26 cattle worth more than Rs. 5.45 lakh approximately.
These cattle were being smuggled from India to Bangladesh. On the same day in another incident, BSF troops deployed at Jaliakhola, West Jaintia Hills seized 24 cattle worth more than Rs. 4.49 lakh approximately while being smuggled from India to Bangladesh. All the seized items handed over to concerned department for further legal action. Quite often, smugglers try to smuggle cattle from the unfenced area but alert BSF jawans always foil their attempts. Frequent seizures by the alert BSF troops indicate that attempts of cattle smuggling have shown considerable increase this year at the International border of Meghalaya. Cattle smugglers are making very daring bids to cross over the cattle to Bangladesh.
The Indo-Bangladesh border with the State of Meghalaya interspersed with riverine, dense forests and hilly terrain which provide favourable conditions for cattle smuggling. Cattle smuggling on the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya seems getting serious, despite the Border Security Force foiling these attempts effectively. But the never- ending demand from Bangladesh keeps fuelling the illegal act. The alert BSF troops are heavily engaged in curbing this menace who are seizing these cattle very frequently, stated a release.
The BSF has stepped up its special drive against the illegal intruders and intensified its operations on the Indo-Bangladesh Border to prevent nefarious design of trans-border criminals to maintain tranquility in bordering areas of Meghalaya State.
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