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BSF, BDR agrees to maintain status quo
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 20:
Published on 20 Jul. 2009 11:37 PM IST
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The Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) today agreed to maintain status quo over Pyrdiwah village, an “adverse possession” of India. “Both sides have agreed to maintain status quo over Pyrdiwah,” Inspector General of BSF in-charge (Assam-Meghalaya) frontier Prithvi Raj told journalists here. He said there was no way out but to maintain status quo over Pyrdiwah as the matter needs to be sorted out at the higher level between the two friendly nations. Today’s meeting was held after a stand-off between the two border guards after Bangladesh Bangladeshi nationals with the backed up of BDR entered Pyrdiwah village on July 13 and claimed that the area as part of Bangladesh and started plantation activity. Eventually, the BSF promptly destroyed the plantation and pushed back the BDR and the Bangladeshi citizens back to their own side.Following the BSF’s aggressive posture the BDR moved in heavy artillery and deployed men at Panthumai, Hazipur, Dalapar and other villages on its side encircling Pyrdiwah. The flag meeting was held at Pyrdiwah between BSFs 121 battalion Commanding Officer (CO) Ajay Pal Singh and Lt. Col. J Alam CO of BDRs 21 battalion. “The dispute at Pyrdiwah arose, as both the BSF and BDR had given their own land records claiming some patches of the area. There is a difference in perception over the area we and the BDR claim over Pyrdiwah,” Prithviraj said. He said the recent row erupted after the arrival of the new Commanding Officer (CO) in BDRs 21 battalion. “The CO was not totally aware of the ground situation and therefore the misunderstanding arose,” the IG BSF added. Prithviraj, however, said that its men were fully prepared as trained professional soldiers to face any eventually and ruled out any incursion from the BDRs side. Pyrdiwah, 90 km east of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong, was the border village that the BDR had occupied for five days in April 2001 after taking hostage 28 BSF troops. The forcible intrusion into Pyrdiwah sparked off a bloody skirmish that left 16 BSF and three BDR soldiers dead.

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