SHILLONG: The Border Security Force (BSF) seized as many as 650 cattle worth over Rs 1 crore along the international border in the State while conducting various operations during the last week. These figures indicate a phenomenal increase in cattle smuggling in various part of the State, stated a press release.
In one such operation conducted on Saturday, the 43 Bn BSF under sector Shillong in South Garo Hills district seized 105 cattle worth more than Rs 4 lakh. These cattle were to be smuggled to Bangladesh. It is to mention that the smugglers tried to smuggle cattle from unfenced/venerable area but the alert BSF jawan always foils their attempts.
The fact is that these cattle are transported close to the International Border with NOC/certificate issued by the Autonomous District Council and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary department of the State. Later these cattle are smuggled to Bangladesh through the International Border.
Moreover, the BSF is not in a position to launch any operation against cattle carriers in the depth area without the assistance of local police.
UK Nayal, PRO of BSF Ftr HQ Meghalaya said, “It is to state that the BSF is tirelessly performing its duty to prevent smuggling and also stepped up its special drive against the illegal intruders and has intensified its operations along the Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent the nefarious design of trans-border criminals. He further urged all stakeholders to come forward and cooperate with BSF in curbing these crimes.” He also said that until and unless operation against cattle smugglers is not carried out the in-depth area by agencies concerned, it is difficult to stop smuggling 100 percent.