Crackdown against syndicate: 16 cattle smugglers arrested, cattle seized

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Assam govt wakes up to end the prevalent ‘syndicate raj’

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 12: A day after Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Assam Police director general Kuladhar Saikia to take action against syndicate raj in the state, the state police started crackdown against cattle smugglers along Bangla border since Tuesday night.

Official sources here said the police have arrested 16 cattle smugglers and seized 13 livestock and other incriminating documents since Tuesday night.

In addition to this, four dumpers carrying stone and sand illegally were also seized during the operation. In a joint operation, Dhubri and South Salmara Police arrested 12 cattle smugglers and seized 13 livestock from their possession.

On the other hand, the police have seized four dumpers carrying stone and sand illegal from Dhemaji district on Tuesday night.

Sonowal had asked the DGP to take strict preventive action if at all syndicate raj is going on in the state. “In view of the reported news items appeared on a section of media regarding syndicate raj purportedly continuing in the state, Assam chief minister Sonowal asked DGP to take strict preventive action if at all syndicate raj is going on in the state,” a CMO release informed here on Tuesday.

Sonowal said that in an administration where the government has launched an uncompromising tirade against corruption, prevalence of syndicate or any of its manifestations cannot be tolerated. The chief minister, therefore, in the wake of the reported news items about syndicate raj, asked DGP to act sternly if at all syndicate is going on in the state.

He also maintained that in relation to principle of zero tolerance against corruption, the syndicate raj allegedly prevalent during the previous government were completely uprooted. He also asked DGP to show no leniency if at all syndicate raj is still prevailing in the state.

On Monday All India Livestock Traders and Transporter Association (AILTTA) alleged the existence of a cattle smuggling syndicate in Assam and Meghalaya saying that alleged that members of the syndicate transport livestock, especially cattle illegally to Bangladesh through Assam, Meghalaya and West Bengal borders.

“The syndicate holders bring cattle to Srirampur from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states of the country, from where they transport the livestock to 9th mile to smuggle out to Bangladesh,” AILTTA general secretary Munna Saikia.

“This is an unholy nexus which has been going unabated for the past ten years with the involvement of police and politicians,” Saikia said.

“We have been raising our voice against this syndicate. But no one paid any heed to us.”, the AILTTA general secretary said. He added that they had informed the government about the illegal cattle smuggling racket, but no action has been initiated by the administration.


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