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BSF foils smuggling bid along India-Bangla border

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Guwahati, June 26: In yet another success in its drive against trans-border crimes and smuggling, Border Security Force (BSF) troops deployed under Guwahati Frontier foiled attempts by smugglers to illegally ferry sugar and contraband items along the India-Bangladesh international border, official sources informed.

In one such instance, based on reliable inputs, troops of 49 Battalion BSF launched a special operation in the bordering riverine area and apprehended an Indian smuggler with 5880 kilograms of sugar and one engine-fitted boat worth Rs 3.11 lakh inside the Brahmaputra River channel in South Salmara-Mankachar district of western Assam.

The consignment was meant to be smuggled from India to Bangladesh.

“The apprehended smuggler along with seized items has been handed over to the nearest police station for further legal action,” a statement issued by the public relations officer, Guwahati Frontier, here said on Wednesday.

In other operations, based on reliable intelligence inputs, BSF troops from the 14, 90 and 138 battalions foiled attempts to smuggle contraband items along the India-Bangladesh International border in Cooch Behar (West Bengal).

The BSF troops seized 26.5 kilograms of ganja, 50 bottles of prohibited cough syrup and rescued 44 cattle heads from smugglers while they were being smuggled from India to Bangladesh.

“Keeping in view the vulnerability of the border and heightened activities of trans-border smugglers and anti-national elements on the border, BSF troops are dominating the border effectively and preventing the commission of trans-border crimes,” the PRO said.

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