Shillong, September 18: After Lockdown, frequent seizures by the alert BSF troops indicate attempt of smuggling of cattle/FICN/contraband items at Indo-Bangladesh border are on increase.
Though desperation on the part of cattle smugglers is seen, as they are making very daring bids to cross over the cattle to Bangladesh but due to alert BSF troops they have not been successful.
On Friday, the vigilant BSF troops deployed at Mobile Check Post on Sonapur Bridge on NH-06 in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya intercepted cattle loaded trucks.
The BSF troops apprehended two Indian national along-with 97 cattle loaded in 3 trucks worth more than Rs 55 lakh.
These cattle were being smuggled from India to Bangladesh.
Of late, cattle smugglers of both sides are trying to strengthen and augment their smuggling activities across the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Taking a proactive action, BSF troops deployed at the border have intensified their vigil to foil nefarious activities of smugglers.
The 444 km Indo-Bangladesh border with Meghalaya state interspersed with riverine, dense forests and hilly terrain provides ideal conditions for cattle smuggling.
The alert BSF troops are devotedly engaged in curbing this menace which post lockdown has suddenly increased in Meghalaya.
BSF has stepped up its special drive against the illegal intruders and has intensified its operations on the Indo-Bangladesh Border to prevent nefarious design of trans-border criminals to maintain tranquillity in bordering areas of Meghalaya.