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13 February, 2018 12:35:06 AM

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India to set up protection grid over border with Bangladesh

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
India to set up protection grid over border with Bangladesh

The Indian government has decided to set up a ‘Border Protection Grid’ in their five eastern states neighbouring Bangladesh soon with the aim of checking the influx of Rohingyas as well as cross-border terrorism. After Union home minister Rajnath Singh recently announced the establishment of the grid, the Indian authorities have started the process of setting up the grid, said sources in the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the home ministry.

 

The Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has already informed Dhaka in this regard for taking necessary steps.

After receiving the letter in this respect, the foreign ministry forwarded it to the Security Service Division of the home ministry and the BGB director-general, asking them to take necessary action on the issue.

The Indian government is going to set up the Border Protection Grid at a time when about seven lakh displaced Rohingyas, who entered from Myanmar, have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

In the missive, the foreign ministry said the Border Protection Grid will be set up in five eastern states of India bordering Bangladesh to bolster security in a bid to curb the influx of illegal immigrants, including Rohingyas.

“The grid will comprise various elements, namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, a surveillance system, intelligence agencies, and the state police, Border Security Force (BSF) and other state and central agencies. It will be supervised by a state-level standing committee, chaired by the respective state secretaries,” the letter read.

Singh has urged the governments of the relevant states of his country to enhance vigilance in border areas to

control illegal migration, Rohingya influx, armed infiltration, cattle smuggling, human trafficking, supply of fake Indian currency notes and cross-border terrorism, the letter added.

A senior officer of the BGB’s eastern region told The Independent on condition of anonymity that they have been informed about the establishment of the border protection grid by India at its five eastern states by the Bangladeshi authorities.

“It’s their (India’s) matter as to what they will do for their border security,” he said. “As per the existing border rules, we are protecting our border by taking the security measures that are required.”

“We are continuing joint border patrols under the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) by the two border forces, the BGB and the BSF,” he added.

Bangladesh and India share a 4,096-km-long border, the world’s fifth longest land border, including 262 km in Assam, 856 km in Tripura, 180 km in Mizoram, 443 km in Meghalaya, and 2,217 km in West Bengal on the Indian side. Sources said 33 border districts in Bangladesh, including 10 coastal ones, were vulnerable to smuggling.

More than 50 categories of Bangladeshi goods are being smuggled into India on a daily basis through border checkpoints in these areas. Of the total 4,096-km-long border, of which 3,006 km have been fenced, the remaining 1,090 km have not been fenced yet.

MK

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