A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was critically injured when suspected transborder cattle smugglers attacked him along the India-Bangladesh border.
The BSF in a statement said that the incident took place around 11.25 am on Saturday in Dakshin Dinajpur district in West Bengal.
The BSF troops on duty noticed the movement of 8-10 cattle smugglers along with cattle coming from the Indian side along the bank of Chhoti Jamuna river with an intent to cross the cattle towards the Bangladesh side.
The BSF troops challenged the smugglers to stop but the cattle smugglers aggressively encircled and assaulted BSF troops with sticks.
One of the BSF troops sustained an injury on his head in the incident, the statement said.
“Injured BSF personnel has been admitted to the government hospital in Hili for medical treatment and his condition is presently stable,” said the statement.
The 2.5 lakh personnel strong force, BSF, has been facing cattle smuggling menace for years as the smugglers had earlier also assaulted the BSF troops who used to avoid firing bullets to stop them during their movement while engaging in the illegal trade.