Cattle smuggling ahead of Eid-ul-Azha through the border areas in Sunamganj has continued, in spite of recurring drives by different law enforcement agencies, especially Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
BGB seized nine cattle worth about Tk 3.15 lakh on the Lawergor border area in the district on Friday night. On Thursday night, they seized three cattle worth about Tk 1.05 lakh in Barektila border area.
Syndicates of cattle smugglers bring cattle through border points in different upazilas of the district from neighbouring India, and those are supplied to different parts of the country by Legunas, trucks, microbuses, pick-ups and boats.
Border areas of Tekerghat in Taherpur upazila and Naraontola in Sadar upazila are serving as safe zones for smugglers, locals said.
Smugglers usually prefer the routes in different border areas of the district as the rivers there make the task easy, they said.
BGB Commanding Officer Lt Col Nasir Uddin Ahmed told this correspondent that they have zero-tolerance regarding cattle smuggling, especially before Eid-ul-Azha.
Difficulty in communication is the main problem in proper patrolling of the border areas in the district, he added.