BGB on highest alert to check rawhide smuggling

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DHAKA, Aug 26, 2018 (BSS) – The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel
have been put on highest alert in all frontier areas to stop smuggling of
rawhides out of the country.

“We have taken highest security arrangement along the border areas to
prevent rawhide smuggling out of the country as per directives of the
government,” a BGB official told BSS today.

Director General of the BGB Major General Md Shafeenul Islam will visit
Sahyebnagar BOP (border outpost) of Rajshahi tomorrow to oversee the overall
security arrangement to check rawhide smuggling, he informed.

The BGB official hoped that the BGB men will be able to effectively
check rawhide smuggling this year as they did in previous years.

Besides BGB, police personnel have also been put on highest alert
particularly in the bordering districts to check rawhide smuggling.

In this regard, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken measures to
direct all vehicles carrying rawhide towards Savar tannery industrial estate,
before leaving the capital.

To enhance their vigilance in this regard, the DMP in coordination with
Dhaka district police have set up check-posts at all strategic points in the
capital for seizing the hide-laden trucks from one district to another.

President of Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) Shaheen Ahmed speaking at
a press conference on Saturday demanded a month-long vigilance by the BGB
across the border so that no single vehicle carrying rawhide can cross the
border.

Mentioning that the country’s tanneries collect 60 percent of their annual
rawhides during Eid-ul Azha, he said they had projected that the tannery
owners could procure rawhides of around 85-90 lakh sacrificial animals,
including 50 lakh of cows, this year.

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