India cow of Rs 5,000 fetches up to Rs 50,000 in Bangladesh

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 18 Jul 2017, 12:17:28

Smugglers invent torture tactics for cattle to cross border

India cow of Rs 5,000 fetches up to Rs 50,000 in Bangladesh
A cow that costs Rs 5,000 in India fetches up to Rs 50,000 in Bangladesh. 

The illegal cross-border trade is estimated to be worth Rs 50 billion (5,000 crore) a year, according to a report published in . 

Cattle supply from India’s North East and eastern states not only feeds neighbouring Bangladesh but also its tannery industry.

Border guards intercept them periodically but cattle smugglers keep devising new methods. 

India shares 4,096 km border with Bangladesh and there are multiple points along this boundary where cattle smugglers operate, often after dark.

At times, the smugglers push nails into the rumps of the cows besides putting chilli or petrol in their genitals to make them run in pain. These would be applied on cows making up the last row in a group of about 50, the sources said.

Breaking through the fence usually kills or maims the first few cows, but the possibility of their death is factored in when the receivers in Bangladesh pay for the “consignment” in advance through hawala transactions. 

Sources said these transactions are controlled by non-Muslim traders, most of them based in Mankachar on the Assam-Meghalaya-Bangladesh tri-junction. The fence was reinforced with a double fencing in the early 2000s. This made the cattle smugglers switch to other strategies.

One more technique involves snorkelers, usually children, who use the hollow of papaya stems to breathe underwater and guide cattle across in rivers and channels flowing into Bangladesh through the border some of which are riverine.

At times a cow tied on the Indian side of the border with a rope for grazing and then drove to the other side and taken away by just cutting the rope.

Sometimes smugglers lose their way at night and enter the same village from where they had lifted the cows only to be caught and thrashed. 

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