BSF DG for fencing on Indo-Bangla border

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Amritsar, Nov 2 (UNI) Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG) A K Mitra today stressed the need for fencing on the Indo-Bangladesh border to put a curb on infiltration.

Speaking at a seminar at the Guru Nanak Dev University here, he said fencing on the Indo-Pak border had led to a considerable decline in smuggling and terrorist activities through Punjab and Rajasthan.

Similar fencing on the Indo-Bangla border could curtail infiltration from Bangladesh, he said but added that there were some practical difficulties in this regard due to lack of proper demarcation of the border.

He said the BSF had deliberations with the Bangladesh Rifles in this regard but these could not fructify due to these difficulties.

Mr Mitra also suggested retreat ceremony on Indo-Bangladesh border, the kind of which was held on the Wagha border on day-to-day basis. Such ceremony, he said, could boost the morale of the forces deployed on the border.

Regarding the decline of terrorist and smuggling activity through Indo-Pak border, the BSF DG said one of the recent causes for this decline was the political instability in the neighbouring country.

He said infiltration from across the border was almost negligible in the Punjab sector now.

However, infiltration from across the border in Kashmir was still on and the terrorists coming from Pakistan also smuggled narcotic drugs to India, he said.

Mr Mitra was speaking in a seminar on 'The Challenges before Border Security Force in 21st Century.' UNI

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