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BSF reinforcement in I-B border
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 9:
Published on 10 Jan. 2009 2:37 AM IST
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The Border Security Force rushed in reinforcements and put all its battalion in Meghalaya sector on high alert following reports of North East-based insurgents' plans to sneak into the Indian territory, a BSF official said Friday. "Five additional companies of BSF troops have been deployed in Tura sector (Meghalaya) to thwart the insurgents crossing the unfenced Indo-Bangla border in Garo Hills," a BSF official who wish not to be named told reporters. Meghalaya, which shares 423 Km long border with Bangladesh, has been used as a corridor to sneak insurgents in and out of the country due to its strategic location. The BSF official claimed that the insurgents, including cadres of the proscribed ULFA, NDFB and NSCN (I-M) are attempting to crisscross the international border due to political pressure from the Awami League led alliance government. More than 100 camps of NE based militants, including the ULFA, NSCN (IM) among others are operating inside Bangladesh. "There is a political pressure on them (North East- insurgents) and that's why they are attempting to cross over our territory," the BSF official said. Inspector general of BSF (Assam-Meghalaya and Nagaland) frontier, PK Mishra, however, termed the reinforcements to Tura sector was to 'prevent any incursion from across the border'. "We have upgraded all our sophisticated gadgets including Thermal Night Vision Device (TNVD) and Telescopic Guns, besides BSF troops keeping a strict vigil to stop infiltration," Mishra said. The IG BSF said that he had sought for two more BSF battalions, one to be deployed in Assam and another to strengthen the border in Tura sector. Last week, PM Manmohan Singh had expressed concerns over Bangladesh in action against India and hoped that the new government in Bangladesh would take appropriate measures and not allow terrorism to grow from its soil. "India is worried that Bangladesh is allowing its soil to be used by some North East based insurgent groups as training camps. We had brought this to the notice of successive governments of Bangladesh to prevent these insurgent groups from using their soil," Singh told reporters. The PM hopes that the "new government" will now act and stop North East based insurgent groups from using their soil as a "safe haven."

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