BSF recovers 20 pigeons, gold biscuits

Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday seized 20 pigeons and arrested a smuggler from West Bengal’s Nadia district, an official said.

Acting on a tip-off, troopers at Vijaypur border outpost in Nadia district staged an ambush and apprehended a person with 20 pigeons in a plastic bag, the official said.

“A person named Samarjit Biswas (21) Awas arrested near the international border at Vijaypur and 20 pigeons in a plastic bag were recovered from him,” R.P.S. Jaiswal, DIG PRO of BSF South Bengal Frontier confirmed.

Stating the pigeons would be handed over to the Zoological garden in Kolkata’s Alipore, the officer said the BSF has recovered several protected wildlife animals including 88 birds of different species, 70 snakes and 74 Indian spotted turtles from the smugglers in the last one year.

In a separate raid, another smuggler was arrested by the BSF personnel from Nadia district’s Mahakhola border with two gold biscuits weighing around 200 grams.