Bhawanipur (India –Bangladesh border): Indian Border guards once again foiled the attempts of notorious smugglers and seized 85 numbers of cattle along Indo –Bangla border International Border of Meghalaya. The special operation party of BSF laid a trap while some smugglers along with cattle were proceeding towards Bangladesh through a thickly vegetated dense forest area in Bhawanipur in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya . The BSF rushed towards the area before the smugglers could cross over and cordoned off the area before recovering a considerable numbers of cattle.
Acting on a tip off, that some cattle smugglers were proceeding with a huge number of cattle towards International Border, The BSF deployed in Baghmara and Bhawanipur along the international border launched a special operation and prevented 40 cattle worth more than Rs.5.6 lacs being smuggled to Bangladesh.
In another incident, the BSF troops deployed at Lyngkhat, seized 20 cattle worth more than Rs. 3.75 lacs while being smuggled from India to Bangladesh. The special operation party of BSF laid another trap while some smugglers along with cattle were proceeding towards Bangladesh through a thickly vegetated area.
The spurt in cattle smuggling along India –Bangladesh border seems to be due to recent flood situation in Assam which has forced the smugglers to divert their area of activities in Meghalaya. In the disguise of local consumption, cattle are being transported towards bordering area of Meghalaya especially in South West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya which has of late has become the hub of these cattle smugglers where the manifold increase in number of cattle has been found during the cattle Haats. Garobadha, Ampati, Purakhasia along with many other local markets and Haats have become places for cattle sale where the smugglers co-ordinate their illegal acts. The existence of these cattle Haats near the border belt has worsened the situation. Though BSF has been manning the border round the clock, still smugglers are taking their chances to exploit the unfenced areas and gaps due to culverts, hume pipes and unfenced area due to the presence of rivers.
In addition the BSF troops seized 310 numbers of cattle, and contraband items worth more than Rs. 53 Lacs, while being smuggled out from India to Bangladesh on the International Border along Meghalaya since last week from the areas like Tuka, Nayabazar, Lyngkhat, Gopinathtilla , Ganganagar and Dumkaphal