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‘B’desh periodical incursions, a pressure tactic’
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 21:
Published on 22 Jul. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary on Tuesday termed the periodical incursions into Indian territory as a ''pressure tactic'' of Bangladesh to force India to urgently solve the vexed issues of adversely possessed areas and enclaves. ''Bangladesh might be trying to pressurise India to solve these issues of adverse possession and enclaves through these periodical incursions into Indian territory,'' Mooshahary, a former Chief of the Border Security Force said. His statement assumed significance in the wake of the stand-off between the BSF and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) following the incursions of Bangladesh nationals into Pyrdiwah village and starting plantation activity, and claiming that the area (Pyrdiwah) was part of Bangladesh. 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. As on date, 551 acres of Bangladesh land is under adverse possession of India while 226 acres of Indian land is under adverse possession of Bangladesh. This apart, there are 111 exchangeable Indian enclaves in Bangladesh totalling 17,158.12 acres and 51 exchangeable Bangladesh enclaves in India measuring 7110.02 acres. ''This issue needs to be resolved between the neighbouring countries and I will raise this issue in a right forum to sort out this problem,'' Mooshahary said. Expressing optimism that the issue will be sorted out, the former BSF chief said, ''Altogether, 2001 was a different year. We have improved our relationship with Bangladesh and I am sure this problem will be solved through political will and mutual trust.'' Admitting that earlier the Eastern sector was not getting enough attention as the western front, Mooshahary said, ''Yes, that could have been true, but now the union Home ministry was serious in strengthening the eastern sector with additional troop deployment and reducing gaps between Border Out Posts.'' He stated the focus towards the western sector was largely because of the Kashmir issue, whereas in the eastern front matters could be solved easily between India and Bangladesh and now, more so, with a friendly regime in power in that neighbouring country. Meanwhile, Inspector General of BSF in-charge (Assam-Meghalaya) frontier Prithviraj briefed the Governor on the prevailing situation along the Indo-Bangla border. ''The IG BSF informed me that the BDR had agreed on troop reduction and normalising relationship,'' Mooshahary said.

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