A BSF inspector has been killed and a jawan critically injured in separate clashes with cattle smugglers along the Bharat-Bangladesh international border in Assam and West Bengal.
As per reports –
“The first incident took place on Sunday when Inspector Sanjay Kumar Sadhu, who was chasing smugglers along the Brahmaputra river in Dhubri, Assam, fell into the river and drowned. Sadhu, 35, belonged to the sixth battalion of the Border Security Force.The inspector hailed from Vadodara district in Gujarat and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son, a senior official said.
The second incident took place near the Gobardah border post in southern region of West Bengal on Tuesday when constable Anand Oran was attacked by a group of cattle smugglers during patrol.
The jawan got hold of a smuggler and while they were jostling, the latter pressed the trigger of the pump action gun held by the jawan. Oran, from the 153rd battalion of the force, suffered pellet injuries in his stomach and collapsed.
The accompanying troops evacuated the injured jawan and caught hold of the Bangladeshi smuggler, Minto Sardar of Satkhira district. Ten cattle heads were also seized in this operation. The trooper is critical, the official said.”
Such attacks on BSF soldiers and villagers by cattle smugglers are very common along the Bharat-Bangladesh international border – affecting border states like West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya. In 2017, deputy commandant Deepak Mondal was critically injured by cattle smugglers in Tripura and later succumbed to his injuries. And just last month, a BSF jawan’s arm was blown off by the cattle smuggler mafia.
This lucrative illegal beef trade to Bangladesh which was estimated ~ $10 billion (it had dropped to $5 billion by 2016 due to steps taken by the Modi Government), operates as a vast network across Bharat – even cattle stolen from as far away as Haryana and Rajasthan are smuggled 1000s of kms to finally reach Bangladesh markets.
However, whenever a member of this well-armed & dangerous cattle smuggling mafia is killed in a clash with Haryana/Rajasthan villagers or police, Lutyens’ liberal elites go up in arms and outrage over ‘lynching.’ And this is how English-language newspapers, read by the urbanite upper-middle class, report the case of a smuggler being killed in a shootout with police –
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