Two alleged Bangladeshi cattle smugglers shot dead in Bengal: BSF

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IMAGE CREDITS: Hindustan Times

On 12th Nov, the Border Security Force (BSF)said it shot dead two alleged Bangladeshi cattle smugglers in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district.This comes on the day union home secretary Ajay Bhalla is scheduled to meet West Bengal chief secretary HK Dwivedi in Kolkata to discuss pending land acquisition for construction of border fence, road projects, Border Out Posts, and Integrated Check Posts.

Around 3am on Friday, miscreants from the Bangladesh side ventured into Indian territory and attempted to smuggle in cattle by setting up improvised bamboo cantilever. Initially, BSF gave them a warning but the latter did not pay any heed and simply disregarded it. When BSF used non-lethal weapons, the smugglers attacked the BSF troop with sharp weapons and sticks. Upon sensing an imminent threat to life, BSF opened fire,” the BSF said in a statement.

West Bengal shares a 2,216km border with Bangladesh. The India-Bangladesh border, specifically in West Bengal, is one of the most porous frontiers. As a matter of fact, the union home ministry in March 2020 informed the Parliament that in 2017, 2018, and 2019, security agencies arrested 1,175, 1,118, and 1,351 people along the India-Bangladesh border.

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