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BSF, BDR for ‘utmost restraint’ in border
Correspondent DAWKI, JUN 24:
Published on 25 Jun. 2010 1:18 AM IST
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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles on Thursday agreed to exercise “utmost restraint” in areas of dispute along the India-Bangladesh border and not to engage in any sort of confrontation.
Emerging out of the meeting with Deputy Director General of BDR, Brigadier Obaidul Haque, Inspector General of BSF RC Saxena said, “we have strongly voiced our concern and displeasure regarding recent unprovoked firing by them (BDR) creating unnecessary tension along the international border.”
The BSF and BDR officials met at Dawki in the aftermath of June 15 BDR’s “unprovoked firing” along the India-Bangladesh in southern Meghalaya. A school teacher was injured in the firing.
Dawki is 85 Km south of Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
Saxena, however, said that both sides have agreed that any violation of the border would be settled through discussions and the two sides would not engage in any confrontation.
“We have agreed that settlement of areas under adverse possession should be left to the Joint Working Group of both nations scheduled to meet next month to find ways to settle outstanding bilateral border disputes,” he said.
According to official records, 551.8 acres of Bangladeshi land is in possession of India, while 226.81 acres of Indian land is in possession of Bangladesh. All these areas are disputed. There are about 11 such areas in Meghalaya with several of them being in the Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills district bordering Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is citing documents of 1937, the Indian side relies on land records of 1914 to sustain its claims.
India Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said the joint boundary working group of India and Bangladesh would meet next month to resolve the boundary dispute between the neighbouring countries.
“We are hopeful that the joint boundary working group will resolve adverse possessions and enclaves and the undemarcated boundary between India and Bangladesh,” Pillai added.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her visit to India in January, had agreed to maintain peace and status quo on the border.
Of the 4,098-km-long India-Bangladesh border, 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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