As many as 60 cattle worth over Rs 21 lakh have been seized in different areas of Meghalaya along the international border with Bangladesh.
Informing this, the Border Security Force (BSF) said that the seizures were made on the intervening night of yesterday and today.
In one of the incidents, one Indian national was apprehended by at Sonapur Bridge near Umkiang, East Jaintia Hills with a truck carrying cattle in cruel manner and without any valid documents. However, his accomplice managed to escape from the spot.
According to the BSF, cattle smugglers generally kept these cattle in thick forest for some time and on finding appropriate opportunity, try to make them cross into Bangladesh taking advantage of vulnerable patches through unfenced border.
“In view of increasing smuggling attempts BSF has intensified its vigil and operations on the India-Bangladesh border to prevent the nefarious design of trans- border criminals,” the BSF informed.
The BSF also informed that there has been a steep increase in smuggling attempts after revocation of lockdown in the State and the smugglers are continuing their daring bids to cross over the cattle to Bangladesh to compensate the pecuniary losses incurred during the lockdown.