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Tue, 25 Feb 2020

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BSF proposes relocation of border villages in Tripura

BSF proposes relocation of border villages in Tripura
January 24
09:31 2020

NET Bureau

To ensure foolproof security in the aftermath of adoption of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the country, the Border Security Force (BSF) has proposed relocation of Indian villages lying ahead of the border fencing with Bangladesh, according to sources.

There are several villages in Tripura, which lie beyond the international border fencing, making them vulnerable from the security point of view. In view of the latest developments after introduction of the CAA, the BSF authorities are of the view that all Indian villages ahead of the border fencing must be relocated for security reasons.

BSF Director General (DG) Vivek Kumar Johri discussed the issue during a meeting with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb here recently.

Indian villages lying beyond the fencing are not safe because residents of these villages often visit Bangladesh and Bangladeshi nationals also come to the Indian villages without any restrictions, BSF sources pointed out.

The BSF authorities are mulling a plan to shift all Indian villages from beyond the fencing to inside the fencing for safety of the border residents. It has been learnt that the BSF DG wanted the Tripura Chief Minister’s intervention in carrying out the strategic plan.

Out of the 856-km Indo-Bangladesh border, around 90 per cent has been fenced so far. Also, around 90 per cent of the fencing came up 150 yards from the zero point, leaving several villages outside the fencing.

The BSF DG also held a meeting with top officials of the force at Salbagan, the headquarters of the BSF, Tripura Frontier, and discussed various issues relating to effective border management. He visited the Khantalang BOP in Kanchanpur subdivision.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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