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Guwahati: The number of cross-border infiltration along the Indo-Bangladesh border has reduced in the last five years, informed the government on Wednesday.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said, “Number of cross border infiltration cases reported along Indo-Bangladesh Border have reduced in 2020 viz-a-viz 2016.”

In 2020, there were 489 cases of infiltration in which 955 people were apprehended, while in 2016 there were 654 cases and 1,601 people were apprehended, he added.

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The number of cases in the last five years has gone down by 165, while the number of people apprehended has reduced by over 600.

The least number of intrusions during the last five years was in 2018, with just 420 cases and 884 apprehensions.

India shares a 4,096.7-km long border with Bangladesh, the longest stretch of an international border.

On whether the government has taken initiative to take punitive actions against the responsible security personnel for illegal cross-border infiltration, Rai replied, “Wherever a lapse on part of BSF personnel is found, disciplinary proceedings are initiated and action taken as per rules.”

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