BSF & locals clash at Kuliang

Sugar smuggling results in tension in border

Shillong, June 19: Confrontation between the BSF and the locals was reported at Kuliang, East Jaintia Hills and a related video showed BSF personnel arguing with some residents in their house

In a statement issued on Thursday, the BSF said that on June 19  2024, around 9 pm, a  group of 30-35 Bangladeshi smugglers facilitated by local Indian villagers infiltrated into Indian territory through the unfenced area of Border Outpost (BOP) Kuliang, under the jurisdiction of 172 Bn BSF. The aim of the intruders was to receive sugar consignments from Indian smugglers of village Kuliang, the BSF said.


According to the statement, upon receiving  information, a special BSF party was immediately rushed to the spot. As the BSF personnel approached, the Bangladeshi miscreants attempted to flee towards Kuliang village. During the pursuit, the BSF party was confronted by local villagers in order to give safe passage to the Bangladeshi smugglers , who jointly began pelting stones on BSF personnel and hurled abusive language and threats.

“In the ensuing altercation, an Indian woman attacked a BSF person with an axe, resulting in injury on his right hand. Another BSF person sustained injury on his left hand due to stone pelting. The situation was promptly reported to the local police patrol post at Umkiang under PS- Lumshnong , East Jaintia Hills district”, the BSF said.

The BSF said that Kuliang village is situated in close proximity to the international border, making it a vulnerable as it is a smuggling-prone area. Local Indian smugglers often store large quantities of sugar in their houses or designated points, which are later smuggled into Bangladesh with the assistance of Bangladeshi smugglers, exploiting unfenced patches and adverse weather conditions.

Since January 2024, BSF troops in the Kuliang area seized more than 100,000 kgs of sugar, preventing significant cross-border smuggling attempts. The BSF urged the local residents in border areas to refrain from engaging in illegal activities and to avoid facilitating Bangladeshi smugglers in cross-border smuggling activities. It has been a routine affair for the Indian villagers engaged in illegal activities to confront the BSF whenever it tries to execute its mandated duty to prevent smuggling along the international border, the BSF said.

“BSF remains committed to perform its duties round the clock to prevent trans-border crimes. In the light of this incident, the BSF is lodging a protest note with the Border Guard Bangladesh regarding the illegal crossing of Bangladeshi smugglers into Indian territory”, the force said.

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