|Published : 21 Sep 2016, 13:23:28 | Updated : 21 Sep 2016, 15:28:28|
Indian cattle smuggling falls 99pc
Indian cattle smuggling into Bangladesh has come down by 99 per cent from the previous year and there are efforts to seal the border to completely stop it.
Mohammad Khalilur Rahman, additional director general of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Jessore district, said the cattle smuggling "virtually has stopped and whatever small quantity is being seized is immediately handed over to customs". That means Indian cattle smuggling now stands at 1.0 per cent.
To justify his remarks, Rahman said, last year in a particular area, they had around 11,000 cattle coming in a day but now the figure is only about 200-300.
He said Bangladesh has decided to fully cooperate with India in stopping this menace and to depend on its own bovine production and the BGB and the BSF are playing a crucial role in this.
Rahman said the Sheikh Hasina government had asked Bangladeshis to raise their own cattle and this had shown immediate results with the country now having surplus.
Another officer of the Jessore region, Major Nazrul, said the people in Bangladesh are happy as the cattle industry have got a boost.
Border Security Force (BSF) DIG (administration) in Kolkata S K Barua also told an influential Indian newspaper that cattle smuggling to Bangladesh has come down substantially.
Earlier, around 2.10 million cattle were smuggled to Bangladesh every year but this number was 0.45 million in 2015 and has dropped substantially this year, the DIG said.
BGB Director (operations) of the south-west region Maksud Ahmed said, "Cattle smuggling is the root cause for border firing. We are undertaking joint operations with BSF to minimise and totally bring an end to these cases."
ADG Rahman said with cattle smuggling coming down, incidents of killing of Bangladeshi nationals on the border have also come down.