Dhubri, Aug. 17: The Dhubri district unit of BJP has objected to the rampant cattle smuggling through the porous Indo-Bangladesh border in the district and demanded that the government take stringent measures to stop the illegal activity.
President of the BJP unit, Dipak Kumar Saha, said cattle smuggling had reduced drastically during the time of earlier deputy commissioner Jatindra Lahkar a few years ago, but now a huge number of cattle are allegedly being smuggled to Bangladesh. “We demand the state government take action against smugglers involved in the trade as the illegal activity is affecting farmers who are not able to plough their fields,” he added.
The BJP unit submitted a memorandum to Dhubri deputy commissioner today urging him to take immediate steps to stop the smuggling of cattle. In the memorandum, the party alleged there were many stretches along the 134.5km international border that were unfenced and the 44.5km riverine border was wide open, making it easier for smugglers.
The Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district has remained a hotbed for cattle smugglers owing to lack of strong action by law-enforcing agencies, Saha alleged.
Earlier, trans-border smugglers used to take cattle, fake Indian fake currency and other items like drugs and grocery through the porous border in Meghalaya, a source said. But owing to strict vigilance by BSF, the smugglers have switched their attention to the unfenced and riverine border in Assam’s Dhubri district, he added.
Sources in Chagolia said the smugglers buy cattle in West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and bring them to the Chagolia inter-state check gate in Dhubri district by truck. On reaching Chagolia, they push the cattle into small herds and bring them to various ghats and smuggle them across the border by boats though narrow river channels.
A BSF source in Dhubri informed they have seized cattle worth Rs 30,68,68,900 in 2010, Rs 2,01,59,700 in 2011, Rs.66,47,300 in 2012, Rs 51,80,925 in 2013 from the border areas in the district.