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NCP team to visit Muktapur
Correspondent SHILLONG, Mar 1:
Published on 2 Mar. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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Nationalist Congress Party, the main opposition party in Meghalaya will be visiting Muktapur, a border village along the Indo-Bangla border to assess the ground situation. Unrest continues at Muktapur and its adjoining areas after the BDR again resorted to unprovoked firing yesterday, the third one in February. Tribal villagers, especially women and children have move out to safer ground following the gun battle between the BSF and the BDR. “We will visit the area tomorrow and meet the local people to get the first hand information on the ongoing unrest and see what kind of assistances could be extended to them,” Leader of Opposition Conrad K Sangma told journalists here. The NCP team, he said would also prepare a report and submit the same to the authorities concern on how to deal with situation. Meanwhile, the BJP Meghalaya unit demanded that the New Delhi should take up the matter with Dhaka to resolve the matter. “The party strongly feels that the Centre should take up the matter with Bangladesh government so that the situations do not extend further worst,” a BJP statement issued here said. Meanwhile, two additional companies of BSF personnel were sent to BSF to be deployed from Dawki to Muktapur to check external aggression. Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang, who recently met Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina in Dhaka, had sought her intervention on the recent firing and intrusion by BDR along the Lapang had also apprised Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the problem. Meanwhile, two more companies of BSF personnel were sent to the sensitive Muktapur area along the Indo-Bangla border here for patrolling and carrying out flag march in view of repeated firings allegedly by BDR. “BSF DG has ordered deployment of two more companies in Dawki-Muktapur area. He has also instructed the forces to carry out intensive patrolling and flag march to ensure security to the residents,” an official statement from BSF said today. BDR personnel opened “unprovoked fire” on Indian villagers prompting BSF to retaliate at three places along the border near Muktapur yesterday. “BSF top brass has instructed its personnel that if BDR resorts to any misadventure, they should deal with firmly and response should be calibrated and effective,” the statement said.

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