Dhubri (Assam), April 16
The Border Security Force personnel guarding the 134-km-long India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district of western Assam face tough time in checking rampant smuggling of cattle from Indian side to Bangladesh by smugglers, who get help from local immigrant population living in numerous river isles in the area.
Clashes between the BSF jawans and cattle smugglers have been on the rise in recent times and the border guards often have to resort to gunfire to stop the cattle smugglers from transporting the cattle to Bangladesh or to disperse the village mobs, which often come out in defence of the cattle smugglers. The cattle are being brought from faraway places in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Bihar, as smugglers pay very high price.
According to BSF sources in Dhubri district, the force seized 16,990 cattle that were being smuggled to Bangladesh through the porous border in the Dhubri sector, during 2010 and the value of the seizure has been put at around Rs 30.69 crore.
The BSF also seized huge quantity of various contraband substances like cattle hide, fertiliser, ganja, tractor parts, timber, garments, a particular cough syrup, which were being smuggled out of the country to Bangladesh through the porous border. A seed called dhinsa of a particular weed that enriches the soil fertility is also smuggled into India from Bangladesh. The BSF source put the value of seizure of these items during 2010 at Rs 4.70 crore.
The BSF also apprehended 79 Indian nationals and 21 Bangladeshi nationals along the border for indulging in illegal activities.