Indo-Bangla border | Cattle smuggling drastically down: BSF DG

Guwahati, July 14: Due to strategic deployment of forces, use of gadgets and better coordination with the state police, the cattle smuggling has come down drastically along the Indo-Bangladesh border. This was stated by Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K K Sharma.

Sharma also mentioned that there are many cattle haats located close to the border and the local population is dependent on cattle for their livelihood and hence it is not possible to “stop 100 per cent smuggling” but the force is giving its best to reduce smuggling activities.

He said that around 1000 kilometers of the 4096 Indo-Bangla border had not been fenced due to issues of riverine and other logistics. Sharma also said that the killings related to cattle smuggling too had come down.

“The BSF is using non-lethal weapons along the Indo-Bangladesh border which has emboldened smugglers. We are also using pump action guns instead of regular INSAS riffles for guarding the border,” Sharma said.

He added, ” Due to this strategy, the smugglers have become bolder. Attacks on the BSF troops have increased and roughly 150 boys and officers of the BSF are injured every year.”

Sharma said the BSF had 3D maps of borders at the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla borders. “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used to improve the visibility of the terrain on the other side,” he said.

He was accompanied by Nasir Kamal, Additional  DG, BSF Spl DG HQ, Eastern Command, Kolkata.

Sharma also took stock of border security scenario and security mechanism in the light of the scheduled publication of the final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) on July 30 next.