SHILLONG, May 19: Reiterating its demand for ear-tagging of cattle to prevent smuggling to Bangladesh, the Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has condemned the “inability” of the Meghalaya government to arrest cattle smuggling.
“We condemn the ineptness of the government to prevent cattle smuggling into Bangladesh. This has resulted in the price rise of beef in the state. We will conduct surprise checks at the cattle market. The cattle should be ear-tagged,” FKJGP information secretary Eldie Newton Lyngdoh said.
In fact, the Khasi Jaintia Butchers’ Welfare Association (KJBWA) has been insisting on the need to ear-tag cattle at the Khanapara market in Ri Bhoi to prevent smuggling.
The Supreme Court had intervened into the cattle smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border in various states. The Centre informed the apex court that an expert panel had suggested the use of unique identification numbers for animals to stop cattle smuggling.
According to Border Security Force (BSF) statistics, more than 8,000 head of cattle, worth more than Rs 9 crore, were seized by the border troops along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. This year, in January and February, 1,419 head of cattle worth Rs 1.26 crore were seized by the troops.
The Border Security Force has been seizing head of cattle from along the India-Bangladesh border. Meghalaya shares a 443-km boundary with Bangladesh.