(District- North 24 Parganas, Nadia & Malda)
Troops of BSF under South Bengal Frontier seized 28 kg of Ganja and 665 bottles of Phensedyl, which smugglers were trying to cross from India into Bangladesh, from their area of responsibility on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The estimated value of the seized Phensedyl bottles is Rs.1,44,846/-.
In the first incident on May 26, 2023, troops of Border Outpost Sutiya, 107 Battalion saw 3-4 smugglers moving towards the Border fence taking the cover of darkness and bushes and were about to throw plastic bags over the fence. When the jawans started moving towards the smugglers with the aim of thwarting the smuggling attempts, the smugglers fled from the spot taking advantage of the pitch darkness. During the intensive search of the area, the jawans recovered 22 kg of ganja from the spot.
In another incident on May 25, troops of Border Outpost Digalkandi, 86 Battalion laid an ambush in the area on the basis of concrete information. The jawans saw that a smuggler was going fast towards the border. Thereafter, the jawans chased the smuggler and nabbed him on the spot. The jawans seized 172 bottles of Phensedyl from the smuggler. The apprehended smuggler has been identified as Poltu Miyan, District Mehrpur, Bangladesh.
During interrogation, the arrested Bangladeshi smuggler revealed that he had obtained these Phensedyl bottles from Naushad Sheikh, village Dhara, district Nadia. After this the bottles were to be handed over to Sober Sheikh village Qutubpur and Sabir Hussain village Kathuli, Bangladesh after crossing the BSF Domination Line.
Apart from this, in other incidents, troops of Border Outposts Meghna, 141 Battalion, Gandheena, 86 Battalion, Sovapur, 115 Battalion and Mahadipur, 70 Battalion seized 493 bottles of Phensedyl and 06 kg of Ganja from their area of responsibility.
The apprehended smugglers and the seized goods were handed over to the concerned agencies for further legal action.
A spokesperson from BSF, South Bengal Frontier, expressed satisfaction with the success of the troops and stated that all potential smuggling routes are being closely monitored to thwart the nefarious activities of smugglers. The spokesperson also highlighted the presence of an excellent team within BSF that gathers information on smuggling and closely monitors criminal activities in the border area.
( Source: BSF)