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Alert on Indo-Bangla border
Published on 5 Mar. 2009 1:10 AM IST
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Following a recent rebellion by soldiers of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Dhaka, the Border Security Force (BSF) is on high alert along the Indo-Bangladesh border to ensure that such soldiers are not allowed to enter the country, BSF Director General M L Kumawat, said here on Wednesday. “After this crisis in Bangladesh, we have given direction to all our troops and personnel deployed on Indo-Bangladesh border to remain on high alert and ensure that those BDR soldiers escaped with weapons are not allowed to enter into our country,” Kumawat told reporters on the sidelines of a function which marked the passing out parade of 307 CISF Sub-Inspectors at National Industrial Security Academy here. “There are some areas where we have porous borders on the 4,096 km Indo-Bangladesh border and in case if they (some BDR soldiers) manage to enter, our forces have been told to apprehend them. They will be disarmed and handed over back to Bangladesh government,” he said adding “We are with Bangladesh government in this regard.” The government has sanctioned another 29 battalions for BSF which has strength of 2.10 lakh forces and 509 border outposts will come into force in next five years costing about Rs 1,800 crores particularly in the eastern-frontier where fencing work started little late compared to western-frontier alongside Pakistan, the top BSF official added. “We have fenced 2,800 km of Indo-Pakistan border. Besides there are floodlights, watch towers and border roads, but it is not the case with Indo-Bangladesh border. This border stretch is much more difficult and much more complex to guard because of the 1,100 km riverine border,” Kumawat said. It is very difficult to fence rivers and specially mighty rivers like Brahmaputra, he said adding there are many villages right on the zero line and “we cannot make fences passing through their houses and villages due to international regulations.” However, the BSF has requested the Bangladesh government to allow BSF to build a fence. Hopefully, in the next two-year time entire border along Bangladesh will be fenced. The border also have more number of outposts besides overcrafts and other measures to make India’s border with Bangladesh more safer, Kumawat added.

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