In a successful attempt by the Sashastra Seema Bal personnel, a person has been detained while trying to smuggle an ‘Ashtadhatu’ (metallic) idol near Siliguri in West Bengal from a place along Indo-Nepal border. Security forces arrested the man and took the idol into their possession. After this, they weighed the idol of a deity and sought to calculate its cost. The idol weighed-in at 24.07 kilograms and was valued at an approximate Rs 45 crore, according to the reports of news agency ANI. SSB officials said the idol, possibly of ‘bala gopal’, was 54 cm in height, according to PTI. SSB personnel had acted on a tip-off from a person at Siliguri-Kisanganj road when he was on his way to smuggle it to Nepal, according to authorities.
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It was another big achievement by security forces. Earlier, the Border Security Force (BSF) had found a tunnel in north Bengal adjacent to Kisanganj. The 80-metre-long tunnel, going through a tea garden near the Chopra- Fatehpur border outpost, was suspected to have been dug by cattle smugglers, reported PTI. After finding the tunnel, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, Devi Sharan Singh informed BSF’s sectoral headquarters in Kisanganj. The DIG told reporters that the cattle smugglers were allegedly digging the tunnel through a tea garden for a long time probably in the darkness of night. It was constructed under the fence in order to overcome the problem of smuggling cattle to Bangladesh due to fencing of the border, said the DIG.
Meanwhile, the force has tightened security alongside the Bangladesh-India border stretched over 4,096 kilometer swith the aim to find and stop any such illegal activities. The BSF has enhanced patrolling along the border after the tunnel was discovered, reported PTI quoting Singh.