BSF foils cattle smuggling bid in Dhubri dist, catches two

GUWAHATI: BSF troops seized 77 cattleheads in Dhubri district and caught two persons while they were trying to smuggle out the animals to Bangladesh on Saturday. BSF officials said a special operation team of the force from its Bansichar border out-post seized the cattle worth Rs 3,56,000. The two were handed over to Dhubri police.

The officials added that during the last 24 hours, BSF troops deployed along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri and Meghalaya also seized forest products, country boats and other contraband items while they were being smuggled out to Bangladesh. The seized materials were worth Rs 8,30,500 and were handed over to officials concerned.

The officials said BSF troops from the Assam and Meghalaya Frontier have intensified operations along the international border to check illegal infiltration and other trans-border crime. On Friday evening, the border guards of Badambari out-post detained an Indian and a Bangladeshi anti-national along the frontier in Meghalaya`s West Garo Hills district.

They seized Bangladeshi taka and a mobile phone when the duo was trying to sneak into India. The two were identified as Nirmal Sarkar (38) of Gangapur village of Nadia, West Bengal and Bimal Sarkar (50) of Durgapur village in Netrokona, Bangladesh.