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Police open fires on fleeing cattle smuggler’s vehicle in Dhubri, Assam

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As per reports, Assam Police fired two rounds of bullets at the tyre of the escaping vehicle of cattle smugglers to prevent escape in Assam’s Dhubri district yesterday, a day after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said a Police shootout “should be the pattern” if the accused try to flee, and managed to blow the wheel of the vehicle.

Two boats seized

To stop the smuggling of 12 cows to Bangladesh, police opened fire, according to a source. Two boats were also seized. Six cattle from West Bengal were smuggled into Assam on a four-wheeler that crossed the Assam-Bengal border at Chagolia in the Dhubri district. We received information of attempts to smuggle cattle via a boat. Our team immediately reached the spot and carried out an inspection of the boats and the cattle,” the source said.

“At that point, we saw two boats approaching the bridge and shot two bullets. Although the perpetrator(s) managed to flee, we were able to confiscate two boats and 12 livestock. The livestock were most likely going to be smuggled across Bangladesh from Gauripur, according to the source.

Police on high alert

Following a tip, Chagolia police were alerted and conducted normal checks on the National Highway in the Golakganj region. Meanwhile, at 12 a.m. A car with the registration WB-63B-4552 breaching the law manages to elude routine inspection.

Following that, police pursued the car down the road from Agomani to Golakganj, and in order to bring it to a halt, they had to fire two rounds of bullets into the escape vehicle’s tyre, blowing the wheel off in the process.
According to Chagolia Sub-inspector Prashanta Das, six animals were recovered from the car, but the driver managed to flee in the dark, leaving the damaged vehicle.

Two criminals injured in a separate incident with the police

After the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government declared a “zero-tolerance policy” against drugs, livestock smuggling, and other heinous crimes in May, there has been a substantial increase in police encounters in Assam.

Two notorious criminals were injured in two separate police raids in Assam in the last 24 hours, at a time when the government’s zero tolerance policy against drugs, cattle peddlers, and other notorious criminals has prompted accusations of state support for the police force’s “trigger-happy” culture.

Nur Hussain, 42, who is accused of commanding a gang of 20-25 criminals engaged in robbery, drug trafficking, and land grabbing, was shot in the leg by a raiding police unit at Ahomgaon village in Nagaon district on Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Operations intensified by Assam against drug and cattle smuggling

Since May 10, at least six accused offenders in Assam have been shot while “trying to run” from police custody. Eleven more people were murdered in clashes with the military forces across the state during this time, nine of them were said to be radicals.

Two livestock smugglers, a police officer allegedly implicated in an abduction case, a 62-year-old man detained for rape and murder of a juvenile girl, a dacoit, and a drug salesman were among the injured.

When a seventh suspect in the rape and murder of two girls in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district sought to “fight arrest and flee,” he was shot in the leg.

An alleged cattle smuggler was shot and injured by police in Kokrajhar district on Friday night. “He tried to run after stealing a police officer’s pistol,” said Thube Prateek Vijaykumar, the district’s superintendent of police.

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