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BDR resorts to unprovoked firing in Meghalaya border
Correspondent Dawki (Meghalaya), Feb 14
Published on 14 Feb. 2010 11:33 PM IST
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Fresh tensions brewed along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya sector when Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops resorted to unprovoked firing at Muktapur village, an “adverse possession of India”, a BSF official said today. Today’s firing between the BDR and Border Security Force (BSF) is the second one in a fortnight after heavy exchange of fire between the troops of the Border Security Force and the Bangladesh Rifles at Muktapur in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills district on February 4. Muktapur is about 20 km east of Pyrdiwah village, which was forcibly occupied by BDR in 2001 for days, claiming it as part of Bangladesh before being forced to retreat. “The BDR resorted to unprovoked firing, when a group of around 30 (Indian) villagers were fishing at the Birr pond,” Inspector General of BSF (Assam-Meghalaya) frontier Prithviraj said. He said the BSF troops guarding the border line retaliated to the firing. “So far we have not received reports of any casualty on our side,” the IG added. When asked, Prithviraj said, a flag meeting between the BSF and BDR is expected to be held soon. The BSF have intensified its vigil along the porous border in state’s East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills districts following today’s firing. “There is tension along the border after the BDR troops opened at Muktapur village and the sudden reinforcement of the BDR troops,” a villager from the border area said. 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. Bangladesh is citing documents of 1937, the Indian side relies on land records of 1914 to sustain its claims.

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