The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday has found an 80-metre-long tunnel at India-Bangladesh border near Chopra-Fatehpur in West Bengal.
The tunnel which has its origin in Bangladesh side is used for the purpose of smuggling of small contraband articles, said a senior BSF officer.
The BSF officials also suspected that the tunnel was being built by the cattle smugglers to facilitate their trade.
The 80-metre-long under-construction tunnel was found near Chopra-Fatehpur Border outpost in north Bengal adjacent to Kisanganj.
BSF Deputy Inspector General Devi Sharan Singh at the BSF's sectoral headquarters in Kisanganj, said the smugglers were digging the tunnel under the fence in order to overcome the problem of cattle smuggling to Bangladesh due to fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border in the area.
The tunnel was being constructed through a tea garden allegedly by the cattle smugglers for a long time surreptitiously in darkness of night for sometime, said the DIG.
(With Inputs from PTI)