'Border Protection Grid to be set up in India-Bangladesh frontier'

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Kolkata, Dec. 7 (IANS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday urged the Indian states sharing border with neighbouring Bangladesh to be vigilant against the influx of Rohingyas and illegal migrants through the India-Bangladesh border. "Of the 1,090 kilometre, 684 km will be secured with fence and related infrastructure, while 406 km will be covered by non-physicial barrier", Singh said. "We have made a decision to implement technological solution in this region which can also be termed as non-physical barrier", Singh said after conducting a meeting here on developmental security issues in the India-Bangladesh border with the chief ministers of states bordering Bangladesh.

He admitted that of the 4096 km long Indo-Bangladesh border across the five states, only 3006 km had barbed fence, roads, floodlights and BOPs.

This would be the fourth meeting of the chief ministers of states, which share global borders, called by the Indian home minister.

The meeting was attended by Minister of State (Home Affairs) Shri Kiren Rijiju, Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Assam and Mizoram, Union Home Secretary, Secretary (Border Management), MHA, DG BSF, Chief Secretary Meghalaya, Secretary, Home, Tripura.

The Home Minister said, NDA government has been giving highest priority to secure India's global border by putting in place a robust system to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appreciated the central government's initiative to hold this meeting of the chief ministers and offered full cooperation to any joint action.

According to an official estimate of India, around 36,000 Rohingyas are now living in various parts of India. "The grid will comprise various elements namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, surveillance, system, Intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies", he said in his opening remarks.

He quoted latest estimates to say that 9-10 lakh Rohingya Muslims have migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar and the possibility of a spillover to India can not be ruled out.

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