Tripura: Barbed wire fencing stopped in patches after Bangladesh flags objection
Agartala: Border-fencing work in some areas was stopped after objections raised by the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), said inspector-general of Border Security Force (BSF) Tripura frontier Sushanta Nath here on Thursday.
Addressing the annual press briefing, Nath said that talks at various levels were going on to complete the fencing work in disputed areas, including those having population along the international border. He also said that it is expected that they would shortly receive the no-objection certificate (NOC).
"During the IG-level meeting in November last year, both border guarding forces resolved to strengthen their ties by addressing various border issues of bilateral interests like trans-border crimes including smuggling of narcotics and other contraband items and also committing to resolving issues to carry forward the pending developmental works, to achieve the common goal of establishing peace and tranquillity along the international border," Nath said.
Tripura shares an 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced.
The Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is in Delhi, earlier on Wednesday during his meeting with the union home minister Amit Shah requested the early completion of fencing work.
Speaking further about BSF achievements in 2020, Nath said that due to the high degree of alertness and vigilance by BSF troops on the border during this period, 131 persons attempting an illegal crossing of the international border have been apprehended by BSF.
“Among the 131 persons, 85 are Indian nationals, and 46 are Bangladeshi nationals. Some of these persons were involved in smuggling activities, and they were caught along with smuggled contraband goods. Besides, some other people were detained while inadvertently crossing the border and few others were caught while illegally attempting to infiltrate/exfiltrate”, he added.
The BSF personnel have recovered and seized contraband items and cattle worth Rs 41, 95, 23,665 crore in the last one year.
These includes 4, 80,930 yaba tablets, 64,780 Phensedyl / Eskuf Syrup, 5, 216.25 kg of Ganja, 3, 224 liquor, 2, 209 numbers of cattle, 2.237 kgs gold bars and miscellaneous contraband items worth Rs. 11, 33,17,497 were seized, while destroyed mature / immature ganja saplings worth Rs. 9, 41, 45,200 in the year 2020.
When asked about the recent insurgent activities in the state, the senior officials said that attempts to revive the banned insurgent groups are being made along the international border.
“In close coordination of state police and all other agencies working in this field, including central and state have been taking all necessary steps to contain this issue and we are maintaining highest vigil and highest alert”, Nath said.
He also informed that the troops are conscious that they are trying to regroup and they are getting active in all the areas of Tripura and also exploiting the situation on the ground particularly in the difficult terrains of the state, the IG added.
Meanwhile, BSF Tripura Frontier has so far reported 1,531 COVID-19 positive cases amongst its members and not a single case of COVID death was reported in the BSF Frontier, while undergoing treatment at our COVID Care Centres.
However, two cases of BSF personnel while they were on leave away from Tripura state and one case of referral COVID patient to one govt COVID Hospital at Agartala, reportedly died suffering from COVID-19.
In all, 24 quarantine centres with 2,669 beds were established by BSF in various locations in the state, out of which the main Covid Care Centre was established at Composite Hospital BSF, Agartala which has so far successfully treated 811 patients.
When COVID-19 pandemic was in its peak, the field formations under Tripura Frontier carried out local level awareness campaigns in the remote areas and also distributed various articles like facemasks, gloves, sanitizers, PPE kits and ration items worth Rs 6,47,568.