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BSF nabs 2 persons, recovers cattle

From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Sept 12: Border Security Force (BSF) claimed to have nabbed two persons and recovered several cattle heads in different parts of Meghalaya border Bangladeshi since Sunday.
BSF personnel nabbed one person on suspicion of being involved in cattle smuggling and recovered over Rs 6 in cash from Gumaghat area of South West Khasi Hills district on Sunday. Identified as Sumiron Sangma, son of Bikas Sangma of Telagaon village under Gumaghat police station, he was caught when he was going from Patkura market to Gumaghat on a motorcycle (ML12 0529).
Sumiron has reportedly confessed to the BSF personnel that the cash was given to him by one lady named Khubi of Balat under Balat police station in East Khasi Hills district at Patkura market and asked him to deliver it to an unknown person at Mawpyllun village under Gumaghat police station. The BSF suspects that the person is involved in cattle smuggling and has taken him into custody.
Meanwhile, in another incident, BSF personnel deployed at Chikenbari in South West Khasi Hills on Sunday apprehended another person – Johan Marak, son of Ranet of Bolavita village under Gumaghat police station – on charges of being engaged in breaching of border fence on the International border. The special fence checking party of the BSF laid a trap while some miscreants were engaged in cutting the border fence and nabbed him. However, others miscreants managed to flee.
In yet another incident, border sentinels deployed at Lyngkhat in East Khasi Hills district seized 36 cattle heads worth more than Rs 7 lakh while these were being smuggled to Bangladesh. The special operation party of the BSF laid a trap as the smugglers along with the cattle were proceeding towards Bangladesh and recovered the cattle heads.
The Meghalaya-Bangladesh border has seen a rise in cattle smuggling in recent past, even as the BSF is trying hard to rein in the menace.
“There has been some downfall in attempts of cattle smuggling after establishment of joint check posts by BSF and police in Pynursla area. But it seems the criminals involved in cattle smuggling are now also involved in smuggling of Indian-made foreign liquor,” said BSF Meghalaya Public Relations Officer UK Nayal. “There have been inputs of these smugglers adopting new routes to bypass Pynursla” he added.