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Fresh firing by BDR in Meghalaya
Correspondent/IANS Shillong, Mar 14
Published on 14 Mar. 2010 11:28 PM IST
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Fresh tension brewed up along the Indo-Bangla border when Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops resorted to fresh firing at Muktapur village in Meghalaya Jaintia’s Hills district. Today’s fresh firing in the Muktapur, the fourth within a fortnight. On Feb 4 and 14, BDR troops fired at the BSF along the India-Bangladesh border at Muktapur. “At around 1345 hours, the BDR personnel resorted again to unprovoked firing on Indian villagers who were collecting fish from Birkympleng pond in Muktapur,” BSF Spokesman, Ravi Gandhi said. The incident of firing, the fourth within a fortnight, started around 1.45 p.m. and lasted for nearly half an hour, Prithvi Raj, Inspector of the BSF in Assam-Meghalaya, told IANS. Muktapur is about 20 km east of Pyrdiwah village, which was occupied by the BDR in 2001 for days, claiming it to be a part of Bangladesh, before they were forced to retreat. The BSF on the border line, he said, retaliated to the BDR’s firing. “So far, we have not received reports of any casualty on our side,’’ Gandhi said. The BSF had intensified its vigil along the porous border in the states East Khasi and Jaintia Hills districts following the firing. ‘’There is tension along the border after the BDR troops opened fire 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 is under the possession of Bangladesh. 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 while the Indian side relies on land records of 1914 to sustain its claims.

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