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Tension grips border villages in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, JULY 18:
Published on 18 Jul. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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Eight years after Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) incursion into the border village Pyrdiwah in Meghalaya sector under India’s “adverse position”, palpable tension surfaced on Friday after large movement of BDR was spotted igniting fear of the Bangladesh border guard build up. Border residents of Pyrdiwah- located in the Meghalaya sector in Dawki bordering Bangladesh- feared that the BDR might repeat the 2001 incursion and reportedly prepared to leave the village when required. However, BSF Inspector General Pritiviraj downplayed and assured that there was no BDR build up along the Indo-Bangla international border in Meghalaya sector. “A new Commanding Officer of the BDR had taken over and he was touring his area along with his men so, it gave an impression of a troop build up,” he said. Prithivraj assured that what appeared as a BDR build up was actually a “tour” undertaken by the new BDR CEO. However, even as the BSF IG chose to downplay the tension along the Indo-Bangladesh Meghalaya sector international border, the Indian border guard have intensified its vigil along the international border. Despite the denial of Pritiviraj, tension gripped the border village of Pyrdiwah after a flag meeting between BSF and BDR on Thursday. What transpired between the two border troops is not known but according to East Khasi Hills SP L B Rapthap the BDR wanted that the flag meeting should be held between high ranking officers of the frontier forces from both side to talk about the BDR incursion recently in Nongkhen village which is in adverse position of India. Though both the border forces decided to maintain status quo in the Nongkhen village, but tension prevailed after the flag meeting. Even as BSF is in denial mode regarding the fresh tension in Pyrdiwah and adjoining border village in East Khasi Hills that shares the international border with Bangladesh, East Khasi Hills SP L B Rapthap have rushed the Pynursla OC to Pyrdiwah and Umkhen villages to investigate the mounting tension. He said on Saturday: “I have sent the OC to these villages and investigate the ground reality and report back to me.” Confirming that there was fresh tension in Pyrdiwah, former Meghalaya Mining and Geology Minister Donkupar Massar- who is also the local MLA of Pyrdiwah- said he would ask Chief Minister DD Lapang to ensure security to the people living in the border village. He said: “I would visit Pyrdiwah to take stock of the situation.

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