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Fresh firing between BSF, BDR personnel
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 28:
Published on 1 Mar. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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A fresh exchange of fire broke out today between the Border Security Force and Bangladesh Rifles along the Indo-Bangla border in Muktapur village in Meghalaya. The exchange of fire started at around 1435 hours IST and lasted for 10 to 15 minutes, a BSF official said here, a day after Director General of Border Security Force Raman Srivastava announced a reinforcement of BSF troops from Dawki to Muktapur in Jaintia Hills district. There was no report of any casualty during the exchange of fire. 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 had resorted to fresh “unprovoked firing” towards India at Muktapur and our men retaliated back, Inspector General of BSF (Assam-Meghalaya) frontier, Prithviraj said. However, the BDR officials had termed that today’s firing towards the Indian side was an “accidental one” “A sector commander of the BDR claimed that the firing was an accidental one, but my men retaliated back at them,” Prithviraj said. In fact, today’s firing between the two border guards –- BSF and BDR – in Muktapur area is the third such incident within this month. On February 4 and 14, BDR troops fired at the BSF along the Indo-Bangla border at Muktapur. BDR personnel had even intruded inside India and one of them was detained and later was handed over to the BDR after a flag meeting. Director General of BSF Raman Srivastava, who visited the border areas in Meghalaya, had announced two additional companies of BSF to be deployed from Dawki to Muktapur to check external aggression. “We have strengthened all our BOPs (border outposts) and put BSF on maximum alert. If the BDR indulges in misadventure, we will give them a fitting reply,” he said. Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.

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