Shillong, May 11: The BSF troops once again showing alertness on Indo-Bangladesh border seized a huge consignment of clothes while being smuggled into Bangladesh from India. The vigilant BSF troops deployed at Umsiyam in East Khasi Hills Distt of Meghalaya noticed a suspected Mahindra pickup vehicle laden with several packets was stopped near the international border. They immediately rushed towards the spot to verify the activity. The persons who were attempting to unload the packets on seeing BSF troops ran away. The BSF troops searched the vehicle and packets thoroughly and recovered more than 3000 sarees worth appx Rs. 28 lacs. These sarees were being smuggled from unfenced area of Umsiyem.
In another incident, the BSF troops deployed at Pyrdwah, East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya seized another huge consignment of dry fish. The BSF troops observed some suspicious movement near International Border where few smugglers was carrying head loads towards International Border with intension to cross over to Bangladesh from India side. The special operation party of BSF laid a trap in a thickly vegetated area. Before the smugglers could succeed in their nefarious activity, brave Jawans cordoned off the area and recovered a considerable number bags of dry fish i.e 2010 Kgs worth more than Rs. 9 lacs. However the smugglers managed to flee taking advantage of darkness and thick vegetation.
The involvement of local criminals with Bangladeshi smugglers has always been a great cause of concern for the border guards. The smugglers on both the sides on Indo-Bangladesh border are continuously in touch and keep tracking the movement of BSF patrols to find chance to smuggle the consignment to Bangladesh. Still BSF troops have made considerable seizures to foil such attempts by these criminals.
All the seized items handed over to concerned department for further legal action.