Shillong, Nov 29 (UNI) The Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland frontiers of the BSF have eliminated three militants of various outfits, apprehended 37 others and seized huge cache of arms and ammunition, including AK-47 rifles, so far this year.
BSF sources here today said 222 Bangladeshi illegal entrants were intercepted and contraband goods, including cattle, ganja, forest produce, among others, worth about Rs 17 lakh were seized from their possession.
Besides, 13 militants of HNLC, KLNLF, MULTA and ULFA surrendered and laid down arms before the Inspector General during the year.
The frontiers are guarding 557 kms of international border with Bangladesh of which 134 kms is along Dhubri district of Assam, including about 49.7 kms riverine border of the Brahmaputra, and 443 kms of international border along Meghalaya.
In order to to managage the border effectively, the Centre has already sanctioned fencing on the international border with Bangladesh. Of the total 577 kms of border, 487.818 kms of fencing has been sanctioned and 91.408 kms completed and work is in progress on 129.6 kms.
Apart from this, three units of the frontiers are deployed in North Cachar hills, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts of Assam respectively.
The frontiers are undertaking various confidence building measures to cement relationship with border population. It is also carrying out border area development programmes like building community halls, water supply projects, hygiene and sanitation projects.
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