Guwahati: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was brutally attacked by a group of alleged Bangladeshi cattle smugglers on the banks of the Kalo River in the South Salmara-Mankachar district close to the Indo-Bangladesh border on Tuesday.
According to reports, the 45th Battalion BSF soldier, Dinesh Chandra Yadav, was on patrolling duty at the border bridge over the Kalo River near Sahapara BSF camp area of Mankachar, when he spotted a group of smugglers along with five cattle from the Indian side arrived at the border. At the same time, a group of another 20-25 people from the Bangladesh side arrived at the border under the guise of cutting grass.
Accordingly, the BSF jawan challenged the smugglers while heading towards the Bangladesh side through the Sahapara-Kalo River Bridge taking advantage of current weather conditions.
However, he was overpowered by the cattle smugglers and was stabbed in several parts of his body.
The smugglers dragged him towards the Kalo River and attempted to drown him.
The soldier was rescued from the scene and admitted to Mankachar Public Health Centre. The soldier is currently out of danger but preparations are underway to send him to Tura in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya for further treatment.
It is noteworthy to mention that at a time when Assam continues to battle the rampaging flood across the state, the illegal supply of cattle to neighbouring Bangladesh continues unabated.