Shillong, Nov 25: Meghalaya Police have registered 498 cases of cattle smuggling, seized 7640 cattle, and arrested 229 persons since 2016 till date informed Assistant Inspector General of Police (A) G. K Iangrai.
He added that of the 498 cases, 73 cases have been charge-sheeted, 205 cases have ended in final report and 220 cases are still pending investigation.
To deter cases of cattle smuggling, the police department has issued a circular to all the District Superintendent of Police to be more vigilant and to thwart such illegal activities through patrolling, convening of public meetings at the grass root level and to liaise with other sister agencies regarding the illegal activities at the international border.
Iangrai stated that cattle smuggling has been a stumbling block for several places in Meghalaya which shares the inter-state boundary with Assam and the international boundary with the neighbouring country Bangladesh.
He added that a meeting was also held with BSF Organization, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department and Dhyan Foundation, at Police Headquarters, Shillong, on the 29th July, 2019, under the chairmanship of R. Chandranathan, IPS, Director General of Police, Meghalaya deliberating on various issues pertaining to cattle smuggling and to discern ways and means to address the issue.