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BSF nets three White Peacocks during border vigil

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The three white peacocks rescued by the Border Security Fore (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@BSF_SOUTHBENGAL)

Besides guarding the Indian borders, the Border Security Force personnel also ensure that there is no smuggling of goods, narcotics and also wildlife, including exotic birds and animals. Thus keeping a constant vigil, on September 3 (Friday), the BSF personnel rescued three white peacocks.

These birds were rescued in Nadia district of West Bengal while they were being smuggled into India from Bangladesh, according to an officer of the paramilitary force.

Sharing details, the officer revealed that during patrolling near Burnpur-Matiari border outpost early on Friday, BSF personnel spotted two men hiding in the woods close to the international border. The patrol had been extra careful as it had received specific information according to a tweet posted by BSF.

When the alleged Bangladeshi smugglers were challenged, they dropped two bags and fled the spot. On opening the two bags, the BSF personnel found two albino peacocks in them, the officer said. After feeding these two birds, the BSF personnel handed them over to the Forest Department.

The BSF South Bengal has posted this news on its Twitter along with the picture of the birds. It says: “On 02 Sep', acting on specific info regarding smuggling of peacock, troops of BOP-Matiyari, @BSF_SOUTHBENGAL carried out an operation near India-Bangladesh Border in Dist-Nadia(WB) & rescued 03 white peacock from clutches of smugglers.”

Pradip Bagchi, Deputy Ranger (Ranaghat) of Nadia Murshidabad range of the Forest Department told the media: "We have received two peacocks. They might either be sent to Alipore Zoo in Kolkata or released in Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary in Nadia.”

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