Kolkata: Three suspected cattle smugglers were killed and one other injured in an accidental blast of a crude bomb used by them in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district on Monday, BSF sources were by a report as saying.

Officials noted that these smugglers were in the practice of tying a socket bomb to the neck of the animal to thwart the efforts of the BSF jawans to nab the smugglers across the Indo-Bangla border

The injured has been admitted to a government hospital.

“The village is notorious for cattle smuggling. We suspect that those who died too were cattle smugglers. They were preparing the cattle for cross-border smuggling. They usually tie socket bombs around animals” necks so that if BSF get hold of these the bombs go off killing our jawan,” a senior BSF official said.

(With agency inputs)