Bangladesh to Tighten Security Along The Border
NEW DELHI: In order to curb and keep a close check on the activities of the militant groups in India, the oldest uniformed force in Bangladesh,Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has decided to further tighten vigil along the India-Bangladesh border.
Apprising the media about it, the spokesperson of the Border Security Force (BSF) said that the officials of the border security forces of both the nations-BSF ( India) and BGB (Bangladesh) held a meeting at Ramgarh, under Khagrachari district in southeast Bangladesh, on Saturday and came up with some strategies to strengthen further the security along the border and curb the activities of the militants of the northeast India.
While the Indian delegation, in the meeting, was led by BSF Inspector General for Tripura frontier B.N. Sharma, Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim, Region Commander of the BGB’s Southeast Chittagong region headed the Bangladeshi side.
“BGB officials requested BSF for permission to use Indian roads for establishing new border outposts (BOPs) of BGB in the Chittagong hill tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. BSF officials assured BGB of full cooperation,” D.S. Bhati, BSF spokesman informed the reporters at Agartala.
He said “The proposed BGB BOPs in the mountainous CHT would help in containing terrorism in the northeastern states since most of the camps of Indian insurgents groups, including Tripura militant outfits, are located in CHT.”
Bhati added that due emphasis was given during the meeting, to tightening the security along the border in view of the elections to the Tripura Autonomous District Council which is scheduled to be held on May 3 .
“Both sides agreed to increase vigil along the bordering areas to thwart any attempt by the militants and other inimical elements to disrupt the election. Besides, emphasis was also given to curb trans-border crimes and smuggling,” he said.
The northeast state of Tripura shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh with some parts of the borders still unfenced. The unfenced porous borders coupled with the mountainous terrain and dense forests makes it pretty easy for illegal immigrants and intruders to cross over the border.