Shillong (Meghalaya): Border Security Force(BSF) once again foiled attempts by cattle smugglers by seizing a truck with cattle along India Bangladesh International border.
BSF troops deployed at Baghmara in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya noticed a suspected Ashok Leyland Truck on hill road which was moving towards Baghmara . The Ops party stopped the vehicle but the driver and co-driver managed to escape taking advantages of hilly and forest area. BSF recovered 19 cattle worth more than Rs. 1.5 lac.
It appears that the transportation of cattle from hinterland to bordering areas is continuing without hindrance. The cattle smuggling is rampant due to high demand of cattle in Bangladesh for the upcoming Eid festival. Though the cattle seized were small in size despite that they are smuggled to Bangladesh where they are fed with cow fattening drugs, Moreover small cattle are easier to cross by hum pipes even through fence. After continuous anti -smuggling drive and putting extra vigilance along the border to prevent and curb, the BSF has achieved considerable success in countering the cattle smuggling .
BSF has seized 249 nos of cattle, and contraband items worth more than Rs. 82 Lacs, while being smuggled out from India to Bangladesh on the International Border along Meghalaya during this week.