Kolkata, July 4: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asker her administration to keep a close watch on the state's long border with Bangladesh in the wake of a horrific terror attack in a restaurant in Dhaka on July 1 (Friday) night that left 20 foreigners dead, an Ananda Bazar Patrika report has said.
It is a widely known fact that militants try to take shelter in India whenever the government in Bangladesh clamps down on them. The Sheikh Hasina government's retaliation following the attack in Gulshan district in Dhaka has, hence, made the Banerjee administration alert. [Terrorists are global but the international security system has become obsolete]
West Bengal shares a 2,216-kilometre long border with Bangladesh which is more than half of India's total border with that country and it is also porous. The state's administration, hence has also emphasised on social cooperation by appealing to the local people in the border districts to alert the officials if they see any suspicious elements. The local administration and police have been asked to campaign on this. Ten of Bengal's 19 districts share border with Bangladesh.
State officials said the militants, after feeling Bangaldesh, first take shelter in the border districts of Bengal and then they spread to other parts of the country. The Bangladesh government has recently handed over to India a list of 95 terrorists who are hiding in Bengal at the moment, said the report. Of them, 38 are reportedly hiding in South Bengal, the report added.