Shillong: The Border Security Force has foiled a cattle smuggling bid in Meghalaya s West Garo Hills district and apprehended five persons, including two Bangladesh nationals, BSF officials said on Monday.
At first, a Bangladesh national identified as Md Majanur Rahman of Bangladesh s Sherpur district, was apprehended at Fokachindi area in the district while they were trying to cross the border from Bangladesh and Rs 27,000 in cash was seized from his possession yesterday, a BSF spokesperson said.
On his revelation, a joint operation was undertaken with the state police at Hatimara village in Dalu area where Rinzing M Sangma was taken into custody along with three others including another Bangladeshi national while planning to smuggle cattle, he said.
They were identified as Saftan N Sangma, Pal Marak and the Bangladesh national was identified as Mona Miya of Banglades s Sherpur district.
The BSF believed that the gang were planning a huge bid of cattle smuggling days after the Centre has taken a decision to ban cattle sale and slaughter of cattle near the International border.
As per the new rules, both buyers and sellers would also have to prove that they are agriculturists and provide a clutch of paperwork including their identity and identity of their cattle. No animal markets will be allowed within 50 km from state borders and within 100 km from international borders.
Acting as per provisions of the notification, 169 cattle have been seized and other contraband items worth more than 68 lakh were also seized preventing smuggling bid to Bangladesh in the last four days and in more than 34 incidents, the BSF official said.