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Barman prod to speed up fencing
Published on 26 Aug. 2010 11:32 PM IST
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Assam Accord implementation minister Bhumidhar Barman has summoned Karimganj deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu to Dispur on Friday for a discussion on the issue of fencing a 4km stretch from Deopur to Sharisha along the Indo-Bangla border in Karimganj district.
The move to erect iron fences is part of the measures to curb influx through the unfenced and porous parts of the 132km border.
Angamuthu said the new border fencing alignments would not pose any problem to about 25,000 residents on the border areas. He said the border residents of Karimganj town too would not be required to face problems like the other citizens residing in areas where the fences have been put up 150 metres away from the zero line since 1978.
Angamuthu said in the new arrangement of concessions to be provided to the border residents of Karimganj town by the Bangladesh government, only 5 metres of land from the mid-stream of the Kushiara river would now be demarcated as no man’s land there.
He said if in any case, a residence or a shop happens to fall within the new border demarcation area, the fences would be erected with many gates for allowing uninterrupted passage to the owners, kin and shoppers.
Angamuthu said the re-survey of the border areas of Karimganj town, the district headquarters, had now been ordered and it would be over by mid-September.
The deputy commissioner met a delegation of the district Congress led by its president Satu Roy yesterday and said the border residents would not face any “inconvenience or discomfort”.
On the other hand, a fencing resistance committee, comprising people of the town with Chandan Chakravarty, a CPI leader as its president, has been formed to draw up a protest programme against the proposed fencing structure.
The committee apprehends that the move would adversely affect the residents in terms of land usage.
In the first phase of the agitation, a rally will be staged in the town on September 8.

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