Between December 1, 2019, and November 30, 2020, a total of 24,060 cows were seized from the Assam-Bangladesh border, BSF IG Rajesh Kumar said speaking with the media from the Guwahati Frontier Head Office.

Data provided by the BSF, which celebrated its 56th Foundation Day on December 1, also stated that 277 people were caught for illegal cross-border movement out of which 32 were Bangladeshi smugglers, and 245 were Indians.

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“The arrested intruders were examined, and smuggling was found to be the only motive behind their infiltration,” he added.

Along with the cow smuggling data, BSF also released data on the narcotics being smuggled via the Assam-Bangladesh border. During this time frame, the BSF’s Guwahati Frontier, which comprises of Dhubri and South Salmara districts of Assam and Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, seized cattle, narcotics, and other illegal items worth ₹22 crore. “Huge consignments of Phensedyl tablets, weed, opium, yaba tablets, contraceptive pills, etc. were also seized,” said Kumar.

According to Kumar, the seizures were made possible due to the 24-hour simultaneous coordinated patrols and routine surveillance carried out by the BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (their counterpart) to check cross-border movement and crime.

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