At the very least 17 police personnel had been injured in a conflict with suspected cow smugglers on the India-Bangladesh border at Mekhliganj space in Cooch Behar district on Sunday. Two males and 4 ladies had been arrested, and 34 cows rescued.
In an identical incident in Malda district on Saturday, a Bangladeshi nationwide was killed in a skirmish between Border Safety Power (BSF) personnel and 30-40 suspected cow smugglers.
Sharing the sequence of the Cooch Behar incident, an officer stated a police workforce reached Uchalpukuri village after being tipped-off about cows being smuggled throughout the border. The workforce was attacked by a bunch of individuals, stated the police officer. Eight of the 17 injured police personnel had been admitted to the close by Mekhliganj Sub Divisional Hospital. Six individuals had been arrested for allegedly attacking the policemen. Regardless of the assault, the police had been capable of rescue 34 cows from a shed.
An enormous police contingent has been deployed within the space to allay the strain.
Reacting to the incident, BJP chief Dilip Ghosh hit out on the state authorities for objecting to the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction to 50 km inside worldwide border areas.
“Such incidents show how unsafe our border areas are. I need to know what these individuals should say who’ve again and again opposed the Centre’s resolution to increase the jurisdiction of the Border Safety Power (BSF) from 15 to 50 km within the worldwide border… Our borders are unsafe…” stated Ghosh.
TMC MLA from Cooch Behar Udayan Guha attacked the BSF for not being proactive. “If the BSF had completed its job completely, such smugglers wouldn’t have entered villages,” stated Guha.
Within the second incident in Malda, a BSF workforce was attacked by suspected cow smugglers on the Pannapur border outpost early on Saturday. One Maqbool Hussain (25) from Nagaon in Bangladesh was killed within the conflict. Two head of cattle had been rescued.
“Round 6 am, the jawans posted on the outpost seen the motion of 15-20 suspected smugglers with animals close to a fence within the Indian territory on the worldwide boundary. Smugglers had been making an attempt to smuggle them throughout the Worldwide Boundary. On the similar time, about (one other) 15-20 smugglers with arms and batons (lathi) from the Bangladesh facet got here 200 meters contained in the Indian territory,” BSF stated.
In line with the BSF, the group, when requested to cease, attacked the jawans with stones and daggers. “The jawan tried to cease them by first firing non-lethal weapons in self-defence. However the smugglers continued to assault. With a purpose to shield life and property, a BSF jawan was compelled to fireside… resulting from which a Bangladeshi smuggler obtained injured close to the fence. On the similar time, listening to the sound of the fireplace, the remainder of the smugglers fled, profiting from the darkness…” it added.