BSF open fire to thwart smuggling to Bangladesh

Youth suspected as cattle-smuggler killed in Malda
Report by: 
EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
18 Dec 2017

A youth was gunned down by Border Security Force (BSF) jawans of 36, battalion during exchange of fires with cattle-smugglers last night at Sovapur village adjacent to India-Bangladesh border under Baishnabnagar police stattion last night. However, the family of the deceased identified as Ansar Ali, 19 refused to accept that he was involved in cattle-smuggling. The body was handed over to police by BSF officials on Monday morning. Police delivered the body to Ansar's family after post-mortem.
It has been learnt from BSF and police sources, taking advantage of dense fog a gang of miscreants was trying to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh crossing Indo-Bangla border at Sovapur village of Baidyanathpur area under Baishnabnagar police station last night.
As soon as the BSF personnel noticed it, they chased the cattle smugglers. In face of resistance the cattle-smugglers with firearms and sharp weapons reportedly attacked the BSF jawans. To thwart the attack BSF jawans reportedly opened fire. Sources informed that during exchange of fires a bullet hit Ali who reportedly died on spot.
Soon afterwards the cattle-smugglers had scattered and hid. BSF found the body of Ali and handed over to police. Searches for cattle-smugglers are reportedly on.
Relatives of Ali, however, have denied his connection with cattle-smuggling. They alleged that Ali was unjustifiably killed.
Police officials said that a youth suspected as a cattle-smuggler was killed near Indo-Bangla border under Baishnabnagar police station last night. The matter is being probed into.