BSF on high alert along Indo-Bangla border

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Shillong, Jul 28 (UNI) The Border Security Force has been placed on ''high alert'' along the Indo-Bangla border in both Meghalaya and Assam in the aftermath of the serial blast in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, an official said today.

More than 50 people were killed and scores injured in the serial blasts ignited by a group describing itself as the ''Indian Mujahideen''.

''Extra precautionary measures had been put in place after fear that those involved in the serial bomb blasts might escape to Bangladesh using the Assam and Meghalaya corridor,'' BSF DIG Operations (Assam-Meghalaya frontier) R Colney told UNI here.

Mr Colney said the frontier guards along the border had been instructed to be extra vigilant to thwart any attempt of infiltration.

He said pre-operational exercises along the Indo-Bangla border were on full-swing. Besides, an appeal had also been made to the people residing in the border areas to be extra alert.

''Additional reinforcement had been made in certain areas of the border to prevent infiltration and exfiltration,'' he added.

Likewise, the Meghalaya police were also on ''high alert'' and had instructed all the police stations to be more vigilant, especially in the border areas of the state.

Yesterday, an abandoned suitcase found in an inter-state bus station under mysterious circumstances created a flutter in downtown Shillong.

The situation, however, normalised after the bomb disposal squads found that there were only clothes inside.

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