New Delhi, Mar 16: During an address to the BSF personnel a year back, Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister had said that he hears the price of beef had gone up in Bangladesh by 30 per cent due to the heightened vigil. He also said that if the vigil against cattle smugglers continues in the right direction, then the price of beef in Bangladesh will escalate by at least 80 per cent.
The statement by the union home minister is a direct indicator that the BSF over the past year and half has focused extensively on curbing cattle smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The heightened vigil along the border has ensured that cattle smuggling has dropped drastically which in turn has led to a major demand in Bangladesh resulting in prices escalating.
Vigil at all time high
There is a great demand for beef in Bangladesh. There is a major market for beef and this in turn had led to extensive cattle smuggling along the border. The BSF had been instructed to curb cattle smuggling which was rampant along the border.
The BSF had in 2014 shot down 10 cattle smugglers who were trying to flee. In the year 2015, the number of cattle smugglers killed was 24. These statistics indicate the seriousness with which India is handling the issue of cattle smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border.
The BSF is also aware that smugglers will come up with newer techniques to ensure that cattle is smuggled. The BSF has ensured a proper mechanism is in place to ensure that this menace comes down or stop entirely. We need to be on our toes all the time, an official said.
The security forces from Bangladesh too have been helping the BSF in curbing this racket. Bangladesh has also encouraged farmers to take up cow fattening and cow farming on a large scale to ensure that the smugglers do not thrive.