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Eastern borders more problematic: BSF
AGARTALA, OCT 11 (IANS/PTI)
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Published on 11 Oct. 2010 11:39 PM IST
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: India’s eastern borders pose more problems than the western part of the international boundary, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer said here today.
“India’s western part of the international borders are largely plains, better fenced and well guarded while eastern region of the boundaries are both plains and mountainous besides not being fully fenced,” Pranay Sahaya, newly appointed special director general of the BSF, told reporters.
He added that there were fewer inter BOPs (border outposts) on the western border than in the east. “I will study the international borders carefully before taking suitable plans to further strengthen vigil along the eastern Indian border,” said Sahaya, who will take charge of special DG of the BSF Tuesday in Kolkata.
A 1975 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre Indian Police Service officer, Sahaya was the director general of Tripura police and worked in that northeastern border state in various capacities for more than two decades.
He said inter-linkages between separatist outfits of the northeastern region had been weakening while sharing of information and experiences between the security forces of northeast was being strengthened.
“In Bangladesh, in view of the crackdown by the security forces of that country against the northeast India militants, the camps of Tripura terrorists have been reduced to 18 now from 45 in 2003.”
“I have seen some instances of a few security personnel of other states conniving with militant outfits, but Tripura is the only state where no such case has been found so far,” the senior IPS officer said.
As part of the modernisation plan, he said, police stations in Tripura would be online from January next year.
B’desh to hand over top Tripura insurgents
The process for repatriation of top insurgent leaders from Tripura who had taken shelter on Bangladeshi soil was on, outgoing state police chief Pranay Sahay said today and praised “proactive” steps by the neighbouring country against the extremists.
“Now it is clear that two chiefs of two insurgent outfits -Ranjit Debbarma of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and Biswamohan Debbarma of National Liberation Front of Tripura
(NLFT) are in Bangladesh. The process for handing them over to the security forces is on,” Director General of Tripura Police said.
One of the main reasons for containment of insurgency in Tripura was the proactive actions taken by the Bangladesh security forces against the Indian insurgent outfits who have their base camps in the neighbouring country, he said.
“In the last 13 months there has not been any major insurgency related incident in Tripura because the insurgents based in Bangladesh are on the run due proactive steps taken by the security forces there during the reign of new government headed by Sheikh Hasina. I am of the view that Tripura insurgency always depends on the political dispensation of Bangla government,” Sahay said.
To a question, the DGP said, “the insurgents of the North-East were shifting their bases from Bangladesh to Myanmar due to pressure in Bangladesh soil. But we are not aware about new alignments among the insurgent outfits of the region”.

 
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