Dhubri, Sept. 21: A district- level meeting was held in the office of the Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita here today, where officials of the relevant departments discussed all aspects and loopholes to combat cattle smuggling across the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The meeting resolved to set up a pound in each development block in areas close to the international boundary and the customs department was directed to auction cattle in the pounds from now.
Dhubri superintendent of police, Mridulananda Sarma, who attended the meeting, told this correspondent that it was fruitful. “Police will act against cattle smugglers. We expect other agencies to share the responsibility in order to put an end to the problem,” he said.
The meeting was also attended by deputy inspector-general (BSF) Ajai Singh and officials of customs, district transport and veterinary departments, who put forth their suggestions to stop the menace.
Cattle seized: Altogether 122 heads of cattle were seized from Hatirchar, Mantrirchar and Old Dewaner Alga border of Dhubri district by the BSF.
Sixty bags of betel nuts were also seized while being smuggled out of Bangladesh, a BSF official said