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Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 29:
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Published on 29 Jun. 2009 11:23 PM IST
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In the wake of Bangladeshi nationals intruding into Nongkhen village, an “adverse possession” of India, the Border Security Force (BSF) has heightened up its vigil along the Indo-Bangla border fearing repetition of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) invasions in Pyrdiwah village, a BSF official said today. The Indian frontier guards have been asked to be on their highest alert following 250 Bangladeshi farmers entered Nongkhen village, around 30 kilometre East of Pyrdiwah village in Meghalaya on June 26. The BSF had already held a flag meeting with the BDR to prevent flaring up of the incident along the Indo-Bangla border. “Friday’s incident at Nongkhen has sparked panic among the villagers, when they saw hundreds of Bangladeshi people started digging the land. At once, we thought that the Bangladesh will rerun BDR intrusion in Pyrdiwah,” Min Pohlong, a villager said. According to the villager, six days before the intrusion, a group of people were seen surveying Nongkhen, an “adverse possession” of India. After the survey, Mr Pohlong said, “250 Bangladeshi nationals intruded Nongkhen on Friday (June, 26, 2009) and started tilling the land. However, the BSF personnel, posted at the Nongkhen border outpost challenged and stopped the Bangladeshi nationals from tilling the land. “On Saturday, my commandant held a flag meeting with his BDR counterpart and discussed the incident,” Inspector General of BSF (Assam and Meghalaya Frontier), Prithvi Raj said. Another round of flag meeting is scheduled on July 4 to iron out the issue, the IG BSF said, adding that status quo should be maintain in the areas where both the countries are adversely possessing land of either countries. “We will not allow Bangladesh to cultivate in Nongkhen village, and the BSF men have also taken all measures to prevent the Bangladeshi people from tilling the land,” Raj said. However, the panic-stricken villagers wanted the Indian government to iron out this issue with Bangladesh authorities to ensure that there will be no repetition of Pyrdiwah intrusion. “We have told the villagers not to worry and assured them that there will be no repetition of Pyrdiwah,” the BSF official said. In April 2001, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel entered Pyrdiwah and took 28 BSF troopers hostage. The forcible intrusion into Pyrdiwah led to a border skirmish that left 16 BSF and three BDR soldiers dead. The previous Meghalaya government had urged New Delhi to take up with Dhaka the issue of adverse possession of land in the Meghalaya sector along the Indo-Bangladesh border. At present there is 551.8 acres of Bangladesh land under adverse possession of India, while 226.81 acres of India land is under adverse possession of Bangladesh was 226.81 acres. The areas under adverse possession were created when East Pakistan and India demarcated the international boundary in the mid-1960s. There are 11 such areas in the Meghalaya sector.

 
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