Agartala: A suspected cattle smuggler was shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at Putia village along the Indo-Bangla border in Sepahijala district, about 70 km from state capital Agartala, in the wee hours of Saturday.
Speaking with EastMojo, Sonamura sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Souvik Dey said that Sharif Miah alias Tuhin, 25, from Putia village in Kamthana area of Sonamura, was allegedly shot while he was trying to smuggle cattle into Bangladesh.
“A group of people tried to cross the Indo-Bangla fence in the wee hours on Saturday morning to smuggle cattle. They smuggled cows three times across the border in the same day and after crossing the border for the fourth time, they were challenged by a BSF constable Vijay Kumar and charged them. But the smugglers attacked him with sharp weapons. The jawan tried to shoot them in the legs with a non-lethal weapon. The victim was stooping low, so he got hit in the chest and died,” the SDPO said.
Dey also said the BSF personnel have claimed that he shot Tuhin in self-defence after he came under attack from the smugglers. “So far, no FIR has been registered from the deceased family and we are investigating the matter,” Dey told EastMojo.
A senior BSF officer from Tripura frontiers said their personnel opened fire from a non-lethal pump action gun to incapacitate the smugglers since they had mounted an attack on him.
However, Anik Miah, brother of the deceased, told the media that his brother was a student of B Ed course in a Kolkata-based college and was not involved with cattle smuggling.