Jalpaiguri district administration has taken up stringent measures to check smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border. To curb the incidents of smuggling various items and cattle, the district administration is going to impose restrictions on taking food items between 7 pm in the evening and 6 am the next morning.
According to the order issued by the district administration, people will not be able to ferry rice, pulses, sugar and salt. Steps were also being taken to check the cattle smuggling in the area. An
order has been issued to stop carrying cattle on trucks within 8 km radius from the border till October 11.
It was also learnt that Section 144 may be imposed within 300 metre from the fencing of the international border to check cattle smuggling and other unlawful activities which are rampant
in the bordering areas.
Senior officials of the Border Security Forces (BSF) in the region have hailed the initiatives taken by the district administration as they believe that this would also help the BSF personnel to check the smuggling along the border.
They have welcomed the move of the state government and appreciated the cooperation in maintaining the surveillance along the international border.
It may be mentioned that smuggling has been a serious issue not only in Jalpaiguri, but also in other districts as well which are situated along the border.
Smuggling of cattle is a serious problem in the bordering areas of North 24-Praganas and Murshidabad. It was often alleged that some BSF personnels do not action against the cattle smugglers.