Apart from ravaging economy and causing long-lasting harm to the society, ceaseless smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has become a terror to residents of border area villages as well. Residents remain afraid of terrible accidents as vehicles smuggling cows drive rashly without caring much for any traffic rules. Kripa Malik (age 33), wife of Sanjib Malik and inhabiting Bamunmura Dulepara area under Barasat police station, 24 Paraganas (N) district became the latest victim of the smugglers while walking past the road at around 6.30 pm on 5thAugust. While crossing the road to go to Bedubazaar market, Ms Malik was struck by a vehicle containing cows that was coming from Madhyamgram Chowmatha. The intensity of the strike was so extreme that Mrs. Malik fell on the road and started vomiting blood. With the help of passers and later joined by her family members, she was taken to Barasat Sub-divisional Hospital. However, owing to her critical condition, the very hospital counselled members of her family to transfer her to RG Kar Hospital, Kolkata immediately. Witnessing her condition worsening steadily, Mrs. Kripa Malik was admitted to Kalpataru Nursing Home in Barasat and she is there still. It has been learnt that she has suffered 12 broken ribs and a small surgery on her kidney has taken place while other essential operations will take place shortly. But her condition is yet to be improved. As per locals, almost150 vehicles (daily) with cows for smuggling do ply on this road. Police has taken two vehicles (in this regard) into custody.