BSF foils cross-border smuggling of fish eggs stuffed inside cattle carcasses in Bengal


North 24 Parganas: In a stunning incident, a brand new modus operandi for smuggling fish eggs throughout the Indo-Bangladesh border unfolded in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

On Friday, alert jawans of Border Security Force (BSF) South Bengal Frontier seen some suspicious motion within the river near Goalpara BOP in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Jawans noticed two carcasses of cattle floating within the Sadarpara Nala river.

On inspection, the jawans discovered that two carcasses of cattle have been filled with a number of polythene baggage containing fish eggs. 

Further examination revealed that every of the cattle was filled with six baggage containing the fish eggs and was even stitched so that folks don’t discover it with suspicion.

“BSF jawans of BOP Goalpara seized 12 polythene bags containing fish eggs near Sardarpara Nala. These fish bags were stuffed and stitched inside the stomach of two dead cattle. Prima facie it looked that dead cattle were floating with the tidal flow but when they were checked the contraband items were recovered,” mentioned a senior official of BSF South Bengal Frontier.

Sources say that smugglers use this type of a modus operandi and drop the carcass within the river and it floats to the Bangladesh border with the tidal wave earlier than the agent on the opposite facet collects it.

“Fish eggs are usually in high demand in Bangladesh with which they prepare delicacies however; smuggling of item is prohibited on the border. The average worth of the seizure is Rs 48,000 on the Indian side, when it reaches the Bangladeshi territory it is sold three times than the actual cost in India,” mentioned a senior BSF official.