Bangla troopers intrude into Meghalaya; threaten villagers

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2019 12:17:51 PM IST

Armed personnel of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) intruded into Muktapur village in Meghalaya and threatened villagers to stop the construction of an internal road in the village on Saturday, villagers said on Monday.

The intrusion by the BGB troopers has created fear and anxiety amongst the residents of Muktapur village.

IG of BSF in-charge Meghalaya, Kuldeep Saini said that he has sought for a detail report on the development from his unit. He said the situation along the border is under control. 

“We don’t understand how can BGB enter Indian territory and threaten us (villagers) to stop the construction of internal road carried out by Muktapur Village Council,” Kmen Mynsiang, a resident of Muktapur said.

“We were more shocked to see when our BSF personnel acting like mute spectators when armed BGB forces intruded in our village and forced people to stop the construction of road,” the villager questioned.

Confirming the BGB men crossing the zero line and entering Muktapur village, Saini said, “They (BGB personnel) wanted to stop the villagers from constructing a road within the 150 yards from the zero line.”

Saini said all the Border Out-Posts along the 442-km long Bangladesh border are on alert and there is no more scope for intrusion.

However, villagers in Muktapur are worried that the BGB may intrude and terrorise them at night. “The villagers are living in fear after the BGB intrusion and the BSF acted like mute spectators. The border villagers still remember how Bangladesh Rifles intruded and captured Pyrdiwah for days. We don’t want to see that kind of incident again,” Mynsiang said.

Muktapur, which is about 20 km east of Pyrdiwah village, was occupied by the BDR in 2001 for days claiming it to be a part of Bangladesh, before they were forced to retreat.

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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