A Border Security Force (BSF) officer hit by a speeding vehicle allegedly carrying cattle rustlers along the Indo-Bangladesh border in June, succumbed to his injuries at a city hospital here on Thursday.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) M K Majumdar is the second BSF personnel to be killed in an attack by cattle rustlers over the past 40 days. Earlier in August, ASI Rajender Singh had succumbed to his injuries allegedly inflicted by them.
While Mr Majumdar was injured near a border outpost in the State’s North 24 Parganas district on June 24 Mr Singh was injured at a border-out-post in the State’s Nadia district on July 22.
“Despite receiving serious head injuries and fractures, Mr Majumdar guided BSF jawans under his command and chased the vehicle which resulted in to the arrest of 28 Bangladeshi miscreants,” a statement issued by the South Bengal Frontier of the BSF said.
Interrogation with those arrested revealed that the people were associated with cattle smuggling and were also helping people to cross the border illegally, senior BSF officials said.
According to figures obtained from the BSF about 80 of its personnel have been injured in incidents of attack by those trying to cross the border illegally along the entire eastern theatre this year of whom 50 had sustained injuries only along the BSF’s South Bengal Frontier that comprises five districts of West Bengal.
Since January 2012, more than 110 incidents of attack on BSF personnel have been reported along this frontier.
Senior BSF officials said that the adoption of non-lethal strategy on those trying to smuggle out cattle from the country have emboldened the miscreants and the attacks on its personnel have increased.
According to the BSF, cattle smuggling across the Indo-Bangladesh border is a flourishing illegal trade with an annual turnover of about Rs 5,000 crore.