New Delhi: Two Bangladeshi smugglers were killed early Friday as the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel opened fire while they tried to smuggle cattle heads by establishing an improvised bamboo cantilever through the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district, the force said.
The incident took place around 3 am.
The miscreants also injured one BSF troop in the attack, but his condition is stable, and he has been evacuated to the hospital.
The BSF, in a statement, said that the "miscreants from Bangladesh side ventured into Indian territory and tried to smuggle cattle heads by establishing improvised bamboo cantilever."
"BSF domination ahead of fence warned them to go back, but miscreants didn't pay heed to BSF warning," said the statement.
The BSF troops then utilised non-lethal munition to deter the miscreants, but they attacked BSF troops with iron dah and sticks.
Sensing an imminent threat to the life, the statement mentioned, BSF party fired in the air towards miscreants.
"Later on during the search, dead bodies of two unknown miscreants were found between the border fence and International Boundary."
The BSF is mandated to guard the 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border and is responsible for stopping smuggling and other illegal activities.