On 23 September last, three arms smugglers were held from the Sabroom town bordering Bangladesh and Tripura
Members of the Bangladesh Border Security Force (BSF) beefed up security at the Indo-Bangla Border Outpost after several arms, ammunition and other items were seized from the Shella area in the Meghalaya province of India on Friday.
Lalatendu Mohanti, Inspector General of the BSF Meghalaya frontier, has already placed the battalions on vigilance to foil attempts of arms smuggling from India into Bangladesh.
The BSF members a statement said on Sunday, they acted on a tip-off that a few smugglers were to deliver arms to their associates in Bangladesh through some unknown cattle smugglers.
They cordoned the area and found five locally-made 12 bore single-barrel guns, three cartridges, some cattle, one mobile phone, two SIM cards, four torch lights and two knives. They tried to nab the criminals who managed to escape. “Efforts are ongoing to arrest the culprits,” BSF statement said.
“Smuggling of arms from India is likely ahead of general election in Bangladesh,” they said. On 23 September last, three arms smugglers were held from the Sabroom town bordering Bangladesh and Tripura.
A contingent of police led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sabyasachi Debnath intercepted a car in the area and arrested the three persons on the charge of smuggling arms.
Two pistols, four magazines and seven live bullets were seized from their possession.
They were identified as Dipankar Sen and Samrat Sen- residents of the West Tripura state and Reandya Mog of the South Tripura state.
The detained three admitted that they were travelling with an intention to deliver a consignment of arms to their clients in Bangladesh.