One cattle smuggler and two cows were killed in lightning near the India-Bangladesh boundary in Dhubri district on Thursday night, with BSF personnel recovering the bodies on Friday.
BSF sources said troops posted in the Barmanpara border outpost, while returning after a night border domination duty noticed the body of man along with two cows about 500 metres inside Indian territory.
The deceased was later identified as Rahmat Ali (30), a resident of village Kalaichar Pokhura of the adjoining Kurigram district of Bangladesh. The halters of two cows that were also found lying by his side were still tied to the deceased’s hand, BSF sources said.
The body was identified by local member of Indian village Barmanpara and was further confirmed by representatives of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) posted at the Pakhurachar border outpost, who on learning about the incident came near the border and requested the BSF to hand over the body.
Later, a flag meeting was held between the BGB and BSF during which the local BSF Commander also lodged a protest against the illegal entry of Bangladeshi criminals into Indian territory. The BSF also assured to hand over the body to BGB after completion of post mortem examination and other legal formalities. BGB representatives admitted that the deceased was a recognized cattle smuggler of their border village Mantrichar and assured to prevent Bangladeshi nationals from illegally crossing the international boundary in the future, BJP sources said.