Cattle smugglers caught by BSF in Meghalaya 

Newmai News Network
Shillong | November 20 

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday apprehended six Indian nationals along with 53 cattle near Dawki in West Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya which is located near the international border with Bangladesh, for their involvement in smuggling of cattle.

The cattle were seized from a truck and the manner they were being transported is in contravention to Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Acts, said the BSF in a statement.

On questioning the arrested alleged cattle smugglers revealed that these cattle were transported from Guwahati (Khanapara) and they consisted of various cattle breeds which are generally not found in the North Eastern states.

They also disclosed a new modus operandi adopted while transporting these cattle to deceive police personnel on duty at various checkpoints, including inter- state border along the national highway, BSF stated.

To tackle this menace, BSF has again urged the concerned state authorities to conduct joint operation in these areas and also place checkpoints at suitable locations.

A study conducted by BSF on cattle smuggling has revealed a link with drug smuggling in the state and the money generated through smuggling is used for funding remnant insurgent groups active in Meghalaya.