ATTACK ON BSF TROOPS BY CATTLE SMUGGLERS
BSF Troops deployed on Indo-Bangladesh International Border in Tripura are discharging their duties with professionalism by using Non-lethal firearms that too as a last resort in self-defense for safety of the human life & Govt property by following the humanitarian approach even with the trans-border smugglers and miscreants. During execution of these duties, trans-border criminals continue to pose challenges for BSF.
In one of such incident, in the intervening night of 19/20 March 2021, BSF party observed 12-15 smugglers with cattle heads approaching BS Fence from India side and 10-12 smugglers ahead of IBB Fence coming from Bangladesh side for the purpose of cattle smuggling in the alignment of BP.No.1823/23-S in area of responsibility of Border Out Post Yakubnagar under PS- Kadamtala, North Tripura District. On being challenged by the BSF troops, smugglers on both sides started pelting stones on the BSF party while few of them started cutting the IBB Fence from Bangladesh side.
Subsequently, the smugglers on Indian side came very close to a BSF Jawan and attacked him with Dahs and Lathies. BSF Jawan had a narrow escape and he saved himself by taking cover of IBB Fence Gate but smugglers encircled him. Sensing danger to his life & Govt property, BSF Jawan fired 02 rounds from Non-lethal Pump Action Gun (PAG) in self-defence, resultantly one of the smugglers on Bangladesh side of IBB Fence got hit & fell down on the ground and rest of the smugglers on both sides fled away towards their respective sides by taking advantage of darkness.
Later on, dead miscreant was identified as Bappa Miyan (Age – apprx. 32 yrs) S/o Abdul Roof R/o Village- East of Batoli, PS- Juri, Distt Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. It is pertinent to mention here that Bappa Miyan is a notorious Bangladeshi Cattle smuggler and was involved in series of cattle smuggling incidents in this region. Information about the involvement of Bappa Miyan in trans-border crimes has been regularly shared with the counterpart BGB.
During thorough checking of the area, party detected IBB Fence breach and recovered one Dah & one Fence Cutter lying alongside the dead body and also recovered one cattle. FIR of the incident has been lodged with Police Station and further course of action is being undertaken.