Smuggled jumbos captured in Tripura, Bangladeshi shot dead

August 22nd, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Aug 22 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) troopers gunned down a Bangladeshi national in Tripura and captured two elephants he and his associates were allegedly trying to smuggle into India, officials said Friday.The incident occurred in Kailashahar in north Tripura, some 175 km from the state capital Agartala. The BSF troopers shot dead a Bangladeshi national who was trying to smuggle elephants into India. His two companions managed to escape.

“The Bangladeshi nationals along with two elephants entered Indian territory and were challenged by the BSF troopers late Thursday night. Two Bangladeshis managed to escape leaving behind the elephants and their slain associate,” a police spokesman said.

According to police the elephants were being taken for sale in Assam.

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