Police arrested three cattle smugglers from North 24 Parganas’ Baduria on Monday night. Police said that Sanjoy Mondal, Sudeb Mondal and Khadimul Gaji were arrested on the charge of cattle smuggling via India-Bangladesh border. These three were close aides of Safikul Islam, the arrested cattle smuggler who was booked by the North 24 Parganas police a few days ago from Baduria.
“These three persons were close associates of Safikul. Safikul took their names during an interrogation,” said an investigator, adding that those three smugglers will be taken to the court.
It will be recalled that police arrested the kingpin of cattle smuggling racket at North 24 Parganas’ Baduria. Police said Safikul Islam; the prime accused was booked from his residence at Jangalpur, under the jurisdiction of Baduria police station.
A source informed that the investigators were following him from a local restaurant at Narayanpur. The accused could not make out that some plain clothes policemen were following him. Police caught him, when he was entering in his residence. Some packs of narcotic products, Rs 40,000 in cash and list phone numbers of his other gang members were recovered from his house.
“We also got some narcotics substances from Sanjoy Mondal, Sudeb Mondal and Khadimul Gaji. They were also working as drug peddler with cattle smuggling,” the officer said.
However, police recovered three mobile phones, maps of India-Bangladesh border and many ATM cards of different banks from those accused.
Safikul and his associates used to convince poor farmers to carry their cattle to the border area. Those farmers were actually the ‘cattle smuggling corridor’ there. They were paid good amount of money,” the officer said.
“Those accused often get involved in gun fight with his rivals. Safikul’s gang members also made conspiracy to kill him recently. There were internal feud in Safikul’s gang,” the officer said.