Two persons have been arrested on the charge of attacking the Boarder Security Force (BSF) jawans in Siliguri. The accused are still at large as the investigators have initiated a probe. This incident has stunned the Boarder Security Force, as they were not expecting such sudden attack from the villagers who were involved in cattle smuggling in Siliguri.
On Tuesday, some BSF jawans were trying to restrain the cattle smugglers when the smugglers in return attacked the jawans and heavily injured them. There were eight jawans, who were heavily injured and were hospitalised.
The smugglers, who resided in the nearby villages, have been involved in cattle smuggling for some months as the local police have learnt.
The team from Phansidewa police station visited the houses of the villagers and interrogated the other members of the house. “We have found some important clues. Some villagers have been involved in the cattle smuggling for some months now.”
“When the jawans tried to stop them, they launched an attack on those jawans. The jawans were not ready for the attack and stones hurled by the villagers hit them hard. Some were admitted to the hospital with severe conditions,” said a police officer.
Police said that some smugglers were driving away cows near Leusipathri market when jawans came into their way and politely instructed them to return back, but the villagers engaged in an altercation, which further led to a fight. The BSF blank-fired on the air thrice, but villagers started pelting stones.
However, it is to be remembered that, there are many organisation across the nation which have raised strong voice against cattle smuggling via border areas.
The Border Security Force has also taken stringent actions against the cattle smugglers. Cattle smuggling have been evident via Indo-Bangla border and stern actions were taken there by the local police and BSF.
On Tuesday, the senior BSF officers visited the area. “34 cows were rescued and a car has been seized. The injured jawans have been taken to the hospitals. Those cows could be sold in the local market,” said a BSF source.