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 Saturday.
Mahamaya Char is adjacent to the Indo-Bangladesh international border.
The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old Nurjamal Sk while three others, who were injured in the incident, have been identified as Pasan Ali, Alom Ali and Dulal Sk.
All are inhabitants of South Salmara Mankachar district.
Abdul Kalam Azad, the officer-in-charge of South Salmara police station, said a police team was on the way to investigate a case on Saturday night.
“When the team reached near Mahamaya Char, the police team noticed a movement of cattle along with few suspected persons,” said Azad.
“The police party chased them and tried to stop the smugglers, but they attacked the police with sharp weapons including lathi and dao,” he alleged.
The policemen also retaliated in which one of the cattle smugglers, identified as Nurzamal, died while the three others were injured, the police official added.
In the attack of the cattle smugglers, six police personnel also received injuries as informed by the officer-in-charge of South Salmara police station.
The three cattle smugglers, who received bullet injuries, have been admitted to the Dhubri Civil Hospital while the injured police personnel were released after proper medical treatment.
Sources said the other smugglers managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness.
This is the third incident in which cattle smugglers were shot dead.
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.