‘Cow smuggling has to stop’

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked BSF to be more alert and vigilant to prevent cow smuggling along the Indo-Bangla border and asserted that the criminal activity “has to stop.”
The minister also said he has asked the Union Home Secretary to create a national “think tank” which will work to ensure India’s security in all its spheres. “Cow smuggling has been taking place for many years now… I congratulate BSF jawans for bringing down the numbers from 23 lakh to 3-3.5 lakh now. I will like to exhort the jawans and officers of the BSF that in order to stop cow smuggling, we will have be more alert and vigilant. This has to stop,” Singh said.
He said apart from these measures, it was essential to get the support of state governments on this issue and his ministry has written to them on the subject.