Dhubri (Assam), June 13
Assam police fired in the air after being attacked by a group of cattle traffickers and rescued 30 cattle along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district, a senior officer said on Sunday.
The incident happened on Saturday evening near Birshing Char (sand bar) on the Bangladesh border, as cattle smugglers made their way to the neighboring country by river route.
Acting on a specific entry, two teams of police were sent in as many boats around 8 p.m., Dhubri Rosyrani Sarma’s ASP said.
Police teams chased the smugglers’ boat and motioned for them to stop but tried to escape.
A boat carrying cattle was intercepted at around 10:40 p.m., the additional police commissioner said.
Sarma said that when the police chased the smugglers, the boatman anchored him on the river bank and then they attacked the police teams with sharp weapons.
“The police responded and were forced to fire about six bullets into the air in self-defense. The smugglers managed to escape the place by taking advantage of the darkness, ”said the officer.
The ASP said no police were injured in the attack on the smugglers.
“We saved 30 cattle from the boat. One case has been registered in the IPC sections and a search is underway for cattle smugglers, ”Sarma added. – PTI