BSF troops of the Guwahati Frontier, deployed on the Indo-Bangla border at Choudharyhat in Coochbehar (West Bengal), on Wednesday apprehended an Indian woman and recovered from her possession Bangladeshi currency worth 1,55,000 Taka while she was trying to take the consignment across the border to Bangladesh.
The woman, identified as Panchami Das (59), of village Jagirwalabari under Dinhata police station in Coochbehar, had approached the BSF personnel posted at Choudharyhat to allow her to go to her village on the other side of the fence . But when women BSF constables frisked her, they detected a packet of currency notes concealed beneath her clothes.
“She was immediately apprehended and detained at the fence gate when she failed to explain the reason why she was in possession of such huge quantities of Bangladeshi Taka. The source of the money is being inquired into and an extra alert has been issued to the BSF troops deployed in the area to check for such modus operandi of smugglers in transporting Bangladeshi currency from India to Bangladesh,” a press release issued by the Guwahati Frontier HQ of the BSF said. The woman and the seized currency notes were handed over to the Dinhata police station, it added.
On Monday, BSF troops posted in the Dhubri sector in Assam had seized 175 cattle meant for smuggling out to Bangladesh. The value of the cattle was worth Rs 14.85 lakh. The troops had earlier on May 20 seized 265 cattle worth Rs 18.8 lakh in the same sector.
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