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PTI | New Delhi | Posted: December 1, 2014:: BSF personnel should check the smuggling of cattle, especially cows, from India-Bangladesh border and clamp it down at any cost, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. “You (BSF) have to work on many frontiers. You have to strive to stop illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, deal with narcotics, fake currency notes being smuggled from this border. “I want to tell BSF jawans and officers that you should stop the smuggling of cows (at this border) at any cost and if you are doing that already I compliment you for that,” the Home Minister said while delivering his speech during the 45th Raising Day celebrations of the force here. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj GenAziz Ahmed was also among those attended the event.
Cow is revered by the Hindus and the RSS and its affiliated associations have been vocal about the illegal transport of cows and other cattle across the border for slaughtering. The 4,096 km Indo-Bangla border is guarded by the Border Security Force, with BGB the counterpart on other side, and his frontier is notorious for smuggling of cattle, narcotics and fake Indian currency notes.The Home Minister also lauded the country’s largest border guarding force, which also guards the Indo-Pak border, for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan during the recent spate of ceasefire violations. “You showed a lot of patience during these ceasefire violations despite Pakistan provoking and doing repeated violations. It is because of your hardwork that no one can cast its evil eye on India. You have a glint of patriotism on your faces today,” he said.
“Thanks Shri Rajnath Singh Ji. Our ‘Save cow Movement’, meeting in the various forums and with you seeing some results now. Now believed that our series of letters and representations to you and Hon’ble PM are finding some positive end. Jai Ho! Keep on fighting. Regards”. Upananda Brahmachari. (Source: Facebook).
The Home Minister also sounded words of caution for neighbouring countries when reporters, on the sidelines of the event, asked him about the emergence of terror groups like ISIS and similar activities on the eastern flank related to Burdwan blasts. “A threat is threat. I think even in our neighbouring countries anywhere when these terrorist organisations raise their heads then definitely all neighbouring countries should take precautions because no one can remain untouched (by their activities),” he said after the event at a BSF camp here. Singh added that the security mechanism of the country has devised “plans” to stop and check such terrorist activities and these measures were also discussed during the recently held conference of the top police brass of the country in Guwahati.
Sri Rajnath Singh said that he cannot rule out further arrests in the ISIS terror case in which one Mumbai-based youth has been arrested recently by the NIA. Talking about the security of public rallies of BJP President Amit Shah in West Bengal, he said that it was the “responsibility of the state government to see that no untoward incident happens” during such events. [Courtesy: PTI].
TNN | Guwahati | Dec 3, 2014:: Cattle smuggling from the state to Bangladesh is on the rise as is evident from the number of seizures by the Border Security Force in the past couple of years. This year itself, BSF has seized 7,616 cattle from the border areas.
The seizure list of the Guwahati frontier of BSF shows 29,300 head of cattle were rescued since 2011.
“Between October and December 2011, at least 2,710 cattle were seized. In 2012, the figure shot up to 6,056. Last year, the flourishing smuggling racket had yielded more seizures. At least 12,920 were seized in 2013,” said a BSF official, quoting records.
Intensified operations by the frontier have busted several contraband smuggling rackets. An international gang of cross-border militants and illegal drug dealers has been smuggling banned cough syrup Phensydil and marijuana.
“Till October this year, 13,147 bottles of Phensydil and 753 kilos of ganja were seized by the BSF’s Guwahati frontier. Last year, it was 27,946 bottles and 619 kilos respectively,” the official added.
In 2012, too, at least 15,900 bottles of Phensydil and 533 kilos of ganja were seized. “Since 2011, we have seized contrabands worth over Rs 1. 4 crore,” he said.
Besides, the Guwahati frontier also seized over Rs 17 lakh worth of fake Indian currency notes since October 2011, allegedly pumped in from Bangladesh.
To check trans-border smuggling, the frontier will speed up the construction of the International Boundary Border fencing along the Indo-Bangla border. [Courtesy: TOI].