Border Security Force (BSF) jawans on Saturday gunned down a cattle smuggler along the Indo-Bangla international border at Yaqubnagar in North Tripura district.

The smuggler has been identified as Bappa Mia, a Bangladeshi national hailing from Batuli village in Bangladesh’s Moulabi Bazar district.

According to sources, a group of miscreants had been cutting the border fencing in the wee hours of Saturday to smuggle out cattle.

Jawans of BSF 166 battalion saw them and tried to detain them.

BSF alleged that as the jawans were proceeding towards the smugglers, the miscreants attacked them.

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Mia was killed in the ensuing firing when the cattle smugglers tried to attack the BSF jawans with weapons at the fencing area.

DIG Rajeev Dua said that Indian and Bangladeshi smugglers had attacked the BSF jawans when the latter tried to stop them from fleeing.

In return, the jawans had to open fire on the smugglers.

Local people alleged that cattle smuggling is quite common along the international border at Yaqubnagar.

Miscreants from Bangladesh as well as India often lift cattle from the house of villagers and smuggle it to Bangladesh.

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