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45th BSF raising day held in Shillong
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Published on 2 Dec. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Bangladesh is not respecting the agreed status quo in adverse possession land, a top Border Security Force (BSF) official said today.
“The status quo is not being adhered to as differences cropped up at the sector (lower) level of Bangladesh Border Guards (BBG) occasionally,” Inspector General of BSF (Assam-Meghalaya) frontier, RC Saxena told reporters on the occasion of 45th BSF raising day.
“Every now and then they (BBG) send their civilians in areas of adverse possession and that is a violation of the agreed status quo as agreed upon by the two nations,” he added.
Saxena, however, said that the situation along the Indo-Bangla border is calm despite these irritants by the lower ranks. “Every now and then differences occur at the lower level and that’s something that’s got to stop,” Saxena said. The Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWG) of India and Bangladesh which met last month at New Delhi also agreed to resurvey the areas of adverse possession and also enclaves.
“They have no patients and they have been creating these disturbances especially in the Shillong sector,” Saxena said.
The BSF frontier chief said that there are at present 13 areas of differences in the Assam-Meghalaya sector. Both the countries are trying to thrash out a solution to solve these long-pending differences. These anomalies in border dispute have stemmed right from the days of India’s partition into West and East (now Bangladesh) Pakistan. Historians say that Cyrill Radcliff who was responsible for the partition marked the borders of India and Bangladesh without visiting the areas he demarcated.
Meanwhile, the BSF frontier Chief expressed with the present Shiekh Hasina regime in busting hideouts of North east-based militants. “The Bangladesh government in the recent past has busted hideouts of Indian militants in their territory and handed over wanted militants to India. That’s a welcome sign,” Saxena said.
He, however, denied that of receiving any information of possible handing over of ULFA militant chief Paresh Barua to India.

 
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