Shillong, Feb. 23 -- In a first of its kind, the Border Security Force (BSF) apprehended five smugglers who were trying to smuggle 300 kg beef valued at Rs. 90,000 to Bangladesh from Muktapur in Meghalaya's West Jaintia Hills district late Thursday evening.

Meghalaya shares a 443 km stretch of the international border with Bangladesh.

Confirming that this is the first time that such activity has been detected along the Indo-Bangladesh border, a senior officer who did not wish to be named said it was alarming that smugglers are not only trying to smuggle cattle into the neighbouring country but are now attempting to transport even beef.

"One of the main reasons for this new method is that after increased vigil by our personnel and intro...