Dhubri, July 7: In a bid to stop stone pleading and attacks by sharp weapons by the cattle smugglers in two different operations by Dhubri police on the late hours of Tuesday and early hours of Wednesday, against cross border illegal trade of cattle heads, cops fired 12 rounds of bullets.
Every year with the rise in water level at the Brahmaputra, cattle smuggling through the district of Dhubri increases, this year being no different the cattle smuggling nexus has geared up tried to restore the illegal trade through the riverine path. When a team of Dhubri Police tried to stop such trade through the river, they were attacked by cattle smugglers carrying a boat full of cattle heads.
The police informed that 6 cattle were seized in Poraporir Char riverine area of Brahmaputra bordering Dhubri District and South Salmara Mankachar District, but when police tried to stop them they started attacking police with stones, when police fired a few rounds of bullets including rubber bullets. However, taking advantage of the darkness and flooded river, they fled away.
In a similar incident, cattle heads were travelling illegally in a high speed machine boat through a canal in Chandakhol area connecting Brahmaputra river, with sharp weapons. When police tried to stop the smugglers they attacked them by throwing sharp weapons, police fired at them to stop the attack, informed police. Later Police seized 12 cattle heads from the Chandakhol.
"The smugglers are trying to take advantage of the flooded rivers, but our officials succeeded in stopping each trade", said Dhubri SP Abhijit Gurav. He also added, "We had to fire 12 rounds of control fire in the incidents of last night". He also stated that in the last one month Dhubri police was able to seize more than one hundred cattle heads on the way of being smuggled.