Increase in cattle smuggling along India-B’desh border

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 27 | Publish Date: 8/27/2020 12:08:37 PM IST
The relaxation in the lock-down has lead increase in cattle smuggling along the mostly  porous 443-km stretch of India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, the Border Security Force (BSF) stated. 
 “Since the lock-down kicked in, there had been a decline in cattle smuggling in the state due to the restrictions on movement of people and vehicles. But now with ease in lock-down, nefarious designs of Indian and Bangladeshi cattle smugglers starts taking shape again,” BSF spokesperson at the BSF Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters, U.K.Nayal said on Thursday.
The alert BSF troops deployed on the international border in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya seized 43 cattle worth over Rs 5 lakh on June 27 last and handed over the animals to the local police, he informed.
“The Border Security Force deployed at Bangladesh Border is performing its duties with full devotion to stop all illegal activities and trans-border crimes,” Nayal said.
“There are reports that the cattle smuggling syndicate is gearing up again and trying to revive Siliguri-Kahanapara–Nongpoh route to supply cattle for smuggling not only in East Khasi Hills but also in Garo Hills district of Meghalaya,” he revealed.
“Before the cattle smuggling takes an alarming shape again, police and other agencies should also step forward, co-ordinate and launch special operation with BSF to stop the menace of cattle smuggling,” Nayal emphasised.
On the other hand, legal international trading activities between the two neighbouring countries were recently resumed, in keeping with safety norms through the Dawki Land Customs Station in West Jaintia Hills district of the State, which had been closed for five months since the nationwide lock-down from March 25.

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