Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that 13,000 cattle being trafficked to Bangladesh have been apprehended by authorities in the state in 2022.
Replying to the question from MLA Nazrul Hoque in the state assembly, the Assam CM told that 1,181 cases related to cross-border crimes had been registered previous year in the state.
The Indo-Bangladesh border is a sensitive boundary due to cattle smuggling, cross border crimes and the BSF has taken stringent measures to stop the crimes.
“In 2022, 1,181 cases related to cross-border crimes have been registered. Last year, 13,000 cattle have been seized, 1,326 persons were arrested and 612 vehicles were seized. Cattle smuggling and crime-related cases have increased in Dhubri to 617. That is a hot zone of crime,” CM Sarma commented.
The CM further informed that he would ask Deputy Commissioner to hold a meeting with the local MLA along with Border Security Force (BSF) officials to ensure that, the people who stay along the bordering areas would not face any discomfort in their routine activities as well as illegal activities should be controlled.
Remarkably, last year Assam Police had arrested nine people for apparently trafficking cattle from Dhemaji to Nagaon and from Nagaon to Shillong.Police also rescued 102 cattle heads and seized seven vehicles in Nagaon.