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Kidnapped Indian farmer in Bangladesh police custody
Published on 30 Jul. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday said that they were keeping in touch with the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) for safe release of an Indian being abducted by Bangladeshi nationals.
On Wednesday (July 28), Bangladeshi nationals abducted Demi Dhar (21), an Indian farmer from Rongkhum area, an adverse possession, along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. The Bangladesh nationals later handed over the Indian farmer to BDR accusing him of intruding illegally inside Bangladesh, sources said. Dhar, the grandson of a land zamindar Lawbareh Dhar is at present under the custody of Jaintiapur police station under Sylhet district, Bangladesh.
Rongkhum is 25 km east of Pyrdiwah village, which was occupied by the BDR in 2001, claiming it to be part of Bangladesh, before they were forced to retreat.
“We are keeping in touch with our Bangladesh counterpart for an early release of the kidnapped Indian farmer,” BSF Inspector General (Assam- Meghalaya) Frontier R.C. Saxena said. Meanwhile, villagers have asked the BSF officials to put pressure on the BDR to hand over the kidnapped Indian farmer to Indian authorities.
“We have asked the BSF to ensure the immediate release of Dhar as he was detained illegally,” Peace Dhar said. Meghalaya, which shares 443-km border with Bangladesh, witnessed series of “unprovoked firing” by the BDR on June 15.
The BDR indulged in fresh “unprovoked firing” to scare away Indian villagers from cultivating certain patches of land in these areas claiming them to be part of Bangladesh. (Correspondent)

These adverse possession areas were created when the erstwhile East Pakistan and India demarcated the international boundary in the mid-1960s. While Bangladesh was citing documents of 1937, the Indian side relies on land records of 1914 to support its claims.
At present, there were 551.8 acres of Bangladeshi land in India’s possession, while 226.81 acres of Indian land was in Bangladesh’s possession.
There were about 11 such areas in Meghalaya with several of them being in the Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills district bordering Bangladesh.
On June 24, the BSF and BDR agreed to exercise “utmost restraint” in areas of dispute along the international border and that settlement of areas under adverse possession should be left to the joint working group of both nations.

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