DHUBRI: A team of the 6th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) has encountered a cattle smuggler and recovered one cattle and sharp weapons from his possession on Monday evening.
Acting on a tip-off, an on-duty constable of Border outpost (BOP) of 6th Battalion of BSF at Deep Char, Mankachar, South Salmara district carried out a special operation near the border fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border.
During the raid, constable Bikash Kumar informed other troop members to join the operation. While the constable reached the spot from where a group of smugglers were uplifting cattle from India to Bangladesh crossing over the border fencing with wooden hand made lifts.
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Meanwhile, smugglers from the Bangladesh side started pelting stones at the constable where Bikash Kumar got injured and the rest of the smugglers from the Indian side tried to rob the gun from the constable.
The constable in his self-defence had to fire one round with a pump-action gun in which a smuggler got injured and the rest of the smugglers flee from the spot knowing that the troops are about to reach.
Later, the BSF jawans reached the spot and took the wounded smuggler to Hatshingimari Hospital where he took his last breath identified as Mohammad Mondal, S/o- Jakir Hussain president of Mondal Para, Mankachar.
The deceased body was handed over to Hatshingimari Police and brought for postmortem in Dhubri Civil Hospital informed JC Nayak, DIG, BSF, Panbari.
At least 26 suspected militants and criminals have been shot dead in encounters in Assam since May 10 after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken charge, as they reportedly tried to snatch service weapons or attempted to escape from custody, while 42 accused were injured along with a few policemen.
Opposition termed Assam Police and government as "trigger happy" over repeated encounter incidents.
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