A cattle smuggler was shot dead on Saturday by Border Security Force (BSF) troops near the Indo-Bangla international border in Tripura’s Sepahijala district.
Souvik Dev, Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Sonamura said that one Sharif Miah alias Tuhin who belongs from Putia village in Kamthana area of Sonamura was challenged while smuggling cattle into the neigbouring country by BSF personnel of 74 Battalion deployed along India-Bangladesh border in the area.
Dev further informed that a group of people breached Indo-Bangla fence in the early hours of Saturday morning to smuggle cattle when a BSF constable, Vijay Kumar challenged them. But the smugglers attacked him with sharp weapons after which the personnel shot them in the legs with a non-lethal weapon. The victim was stooping low, got hit in the chest and died.
It was later informed by a senior BSF officer from Tripura frontier that their personnel opened fire from a non-lethal pump action gun to incapacitate the smugglers since they had mounted an attack on him.