The highest number of border infiltration incidents were reported on the Indo-Bangladesh border, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai in response to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
During the last two years and the current year, there have been 1,045 infiltrations along the Indo-Bangladesh border, the Minister informed.
India shares it borders with seven countries, of which it the longest border–4,096.7 km–is with Bangladesh.
Intrusions were also reported along the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Nepal border, 61 and 63 respectively.
India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan and a 1,751-km border with Nepal.
The number of intrusions from Bangladesh is almost 20 times more compared to that of Pakistan and Nepal.
No intrusions were reported from borders with Bhutan, Myanmar and China, said Rai.
Replying to Bahujan Samaj Party’s MP Haji Fazlur Rehman on action taken by the Government in cases of intrusion, the minister said, “Infiltrators apprehended by the Border Guarding Forces were handed over to the concerned State Police.”
On steps taken/proposed to be taken to avoid future intrusions, he said, “Government of India has adopted a multi-pronged approach to stop cross-border intrusions and secure our territories, which inter-alia includes deployment of Border Guarding Forces along the International Borders, effective domination of the borders by patrolling, laying Nakas, manning observation posts along the borders, vulnerability mapping of Border Out Posts (BOPs), deployment of surveillance equipment, strengthening of intelligence network, erection of border fencing & floodlighting and deployment of technological solutions in non-feasible areas like riverine gaps, etc.”