Latangtilla(Meghalaya): Come Monsoon, its the time to savour the taste of 'hilsa' fish from the famous Padma river of Bangladesh known worldwide for its taste, flavour and aroma . In fact the demand of 'hilsa' during this season is very high in the entire Eastern India. While a major part of the catch makes its way legally some fresh 'hilsa' fish make their way to the North eastern markets illegally through the porous border .
Fish traders in Assam's capital Guwahati say that the demand is very high during this season and customers are ready to spend any amount to get their favourite fish from Bangladesh . 'Though we sell the fish legally imported from Bangladesh Some fresh 'hilsa' make their way to the markets here' . Abdul a fish trader in Ganeshguri Fish market in Guwahati says " my special customers are always ready to buy the fresh hilsa and price is no issue for them. They prefer the fresh ones as the imported ones are quite stale and packed in polythene bags."
That fish smuggling goes on unabated across the border became more evident when troops of Border Security Force apprehended one Bangladeshi national on International Border while trying to smuggle fish across the border . The BSF troops deployed at Latangtilla, West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya observed two persons carrying some packets and moving towards India from Bangladesh, near zeroline. The watchful troops challenged the suspected smugglers. The BSF party rushed towards the point and apprehended one Bangladeshi along with 90 Kg of hilsa Fish valued around 1 Lac while being smuggled from Bangladesh to the Indian territory while another Bangladeshi fled away towards Bangladesh taking advantage of dense forest. . The Bangladeshi fish smuggler was later identified as Srikanta Das, a permanent resident of Angarua, Sunamganj ,Bangladesh . The BSF party thoroughly checked and one mobile phone along with two SIMs, one memory card and BD Taka 7,692/- was recovered from him.
In another incident, the BSF troops deployed at Baldamgiri, South West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya seized 3 Kg of hemp while being smuggled to Bangladesh. A BSF patrol party observed the suspicious movement of suspected person in the nearby International Border. When the BSF party challenged, he fled, taking advantage of darkness. The party rushed towards the area and after a thorough search of the area, one packet wrapped in a plastic containing 3 kgs of Hemp recovered.
Cattle smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya seems getting rampant, despite the Border Security Force foiling these attempts effectively. But the never-ending demand from Bangladesh keeps fueling the illegal act. The BSF troops once again , seized 70 Nos worth more than Rs. 12 lacs in the area of Nayabazar, Pyrdwah, along the Indo - Bangla border in Meghalaya.. These cattle were being smuggled to Bangladesh.
With this seizure , BSF have seized 222 Nos cattle and contraband items worth more than Rs. 74 Lakhs , while being smuggled out from India to Bangladesh on the International Border along Meghalaya during last week in 44 incidents.