New Delhi: Unprecedented vigil and action against "unscrupulous" personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) deployed along the Indo-Bangla border resulted in a "96 per cent" drop in cattle smuggling. Over 500 cross-border smugglers were arrested while 45 BSF jawans were injured during a massive crackdown launched along the 4,000-km long border stretching from south West Bengal to Tripura since September last year.
The BSF initiative of blocking India's biggest route of cattle smuggling has broken the back of a well-oiled cattle smuggling syndicates, stretching from Haryana to Assam. It also resulted in closure of scores of cow slaughter houses located across the border. When asked about the massive decline in incidents of cattle smuggling, which predominantly includes cow smuggling, Director General of BSF Rajnikant Mishra said that effective border patrol and initiating tough legal measures against the smugglers resulted in a sea change (on cattle smuggling front). (IANS)