A Bangladeshi cattle smuggler received injuries when Border Security Forces personnel of the 122 battalion at the Indo Bangladesh border near the Katrayel village under Tapan police station opened fire at them after the smugglers tried snatching their fire arms.
The Bangladeshi national is now under treatment at the Balurghat hospital. BSF officials have visited the spot and a high level meeting has been organized at the Tapan border with officials of the Bangladesh Border Guard, it is learnt.
According to a senior BSF official, a group of Bangladeshi cattle smugglers while crossing the border at Katrayel village yesterday night were intercepted by BSF personnel who were on their border patrolling duty. Apparently the group of smuggler tried seizing the firearms of the BSF personnel but failed.
“Our jawans tried to stop the smugglers. All of them equipped with sharp weapons attacked our jawans and even tried snatching their fire arms. One of our soldiers opened fire on them to save themselves from the attack and the group managed to flee from the spot. The injured Bangladeshi has been identified as Md. Jahir, 25,” said the BSF official.
“For the past one year smuggling cattle has reduced near the villages along the border area. BSF has become more active. However, smuggling of other goods coudnt be checked. Smuggling of gold and narcotic elements have increased,” said a villager of Tapan , Sukumar Barman.