Bangladeshi cattle smugglers
Two Bangladeshi cattle smugglers arrested by Mankachar police. Image credit - Northeast Npw

Two Bangladeshi nationals, suspected to be cattle smugglers, were arrested during a joint operation by BSF and Mankachar police in South Salmara Mankachar district of Assam on Wednesday night.

Acting on a tip-off, the BSF and Mankachar police jointly launched a drive in Jhalerchar and Kukurmara villages, adjacent to the Indo-Bangladesh border and arrested two Bangladeshi nationals along with a herd of three cattle heads.

The duo has been identified as 27-year-old Sahidur Islam, son of Late Habej, a resident of  Kowarchar village and 27-year-old Nasiruddin, son of Amirul Islam, a resident of Chengtapara village under Rowmari police station of Kurigram district in Bangladesh.

This was confirmed by Binod Das, officer-in-charge of Mankachar police station in South Salmara Mankachar district.

“During preliminary investigation, the duo admitted that they had entered India for purchasing cattle with the help of Bangladeshi touts,” police sources said.

The police have also recovered three cattle heads from the possession of the two Bangladeshi cattle smugglers.

Further investigation is on.

Also read: Assam police shoot cattle smuggler dead in South Salmara

It may be mentioned that a cattle smuggler was shot dead and three others were injured by Assam police near Mahamaya Char under South Salmara PS in South Salmara Mankachar district in the wee hours of January 4.

Mahamaya Char is adjacent to the Indo-Bangladesh international border.

The deceased was identified as 35-year-old Nurjamal Sk while three others, who were injured in the incident, were identified as Pasan Ali, Alom Ali and Dulal Sk.

All are inhabitants of South Salmara Mankachar district.

Earlier on December 6, one cattle smuggler was shot dead by BSF personnel under Mankachar police station while on November 15 another cattle smuggler was shot dead by BSF under the same police station in South Salmara Mankachar district.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com