SHILLONG | April 1, 2019:
Cattle smuggling along the Indo-Bangla international border has seen an increase recently even as the deployment of troops in election duties has been cited as one of main reasons behind the increasing trend.
Border Security Forces (BSF) on Sunday detected 5 trucks loaded with 80 cattle for smuggling on Hill road between Dumnikura and Gasuapara (South Garo Hills District) towards International Border in the disguise of local consumption.
The BSF troops deployed at Gasuapara, South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya launched a special operation and intercepted all the five trucks. The Special operation party took all the vehicles loaded with cattle to Gasuapara Police Station for necessary action.
“Still there are many unplugged gaps for which joint efforts are required to be taken with State Police and other sister agencies to curb this menace at the hinterland only,” said Sh. Kuldeep Saini, Inspector General BSF Frontier Meghalaya.
Saini also informed that these smugglers are not only involved in illegal act of smuggling but also show extreme cruelty towards animals during the illegal transport
A similar case was detected on March 30 where BSF troops managed to seize 179 cattle while being smuggled to Bangladesh from Muktapur, Lyngkhat in East Khasi Hills and Rajai in South West Khasi Hills.
These cattle having value more than 38 lakh were being smuggled from India to Bangladesh.
It was informed that the smugglers usually try to smuggle cattle from the unfenced areas and also through fenced area by breaching the Indo-Bangla Border Fence at several instances.
The delay in erection of Indo-Bangladesh Border Fence has also been exploited by the perpetrators of this illegal activity.
“The spurt in cattle smuggling in Meghalaya seems to be due to deployment of troops in election duties and recent raising demand in Bangladesh which has lured the smugglers to carry out cruel/nonhuman activities in Meghalaya,” said BSF officials.
“Border Security Force has intensified its vigil at border in Meghalaya despite large number of troops being deployed in election duty in different parts of country,” officials said adding that a series of measures have been taken to curb cattle smuggling along the border.
The Sentinels of Border has intensified extra vigil in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha Election.
It may be mentioned that the BSF has seized 410 nos of cattle during last week. All the seized cattle handed over to concern department for further legal action.