NE Rebels’ Haven In Bangladesh- BSF Hands Over Rebel Camps List To BDR

AGARTALA, Mar 3: The BSF has given Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) a list of camps of Indian rebel groups in the neighboring country and will discuss about the issue of presence of insurgents leaders of the northeast there, Director General of the force Raman Srivastav said today.

“We have given them the list of Indian insurgents’ camps including the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in Bangladesh and the names of insurgent leaders who are still using the soil of the country. They (BDR) are working on it,” Srivastav told reporters here.

“They (BDR) also have given lists of some elements who are using Indian soil. We will discuss the matters in the DG level meeting in Delhi which will be beginning on March 8.”

Srivastav said the relation between BSF and the border guards of Bangladesh is cordial now and both sides are cooperating to solve each other’s problems.

The DG said many insurgent leaders were handed over to India.

He said, BSF would shoot less lethal weaponry like shot guns used for killing birds to injure the infiltrators into Indian Territory instead of killing them.

Srivastav said money has been sanctioned to flood light the 718-km Indo-Bangla border in Tripura, the work for which has started and added of the 856 km border in the state a small patches of land still remained unfenced which would be fenced first and then this area also would be flood lighted. “It was difficult to fence the entire border area due to difficult terrain in the state and we have suggested that in the small patches of land where fencing is not possible in 150 yards away from the border there we would erect single line fencing on the zero line”.

India is erecting fencing in 150 yards away from the 4000-km long Indo-Bangla border including in northeast and West Bengal to adhere to Indira-Mujib pact signed in 1971 and border management agreement signed in 1975. Srivastav and Additional Director General of BSF, Pranay Sahay, who is the former DG of Tripura today met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and discussed about effective management of the border.

(Courtesy:  Press Trust of India)

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