Cattle smuggling through the porous India-Bangladesh border in the Dhubri district is on the rise.
In the latest case, a smuggler was apprehended and 21 head of cattle were seized in Bairere village from border area of the district on Monday.
The market for smuggled cattle is thriving as a cow that costs over Rs 30,000 here can earn double the sum if one sells it to vendors across the border illegally.
A source said the demand for calves has also shot up recently. A medium-sized calf worth Rs 25,000 can be sold at Rs 40,000 on the black market.
Over 16,100 cattle have been seized in the Dhubri sector in Falakata this year. Security forces have seized large herds in Dhubri owing to the porous India-Bangladesh border in the district.
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