STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 5 January
Director General, Border Security Forces, Subhash Joshi said in Baikunthapur yesterday that they have decided to use state of the art technological devices along the unfenced Indo-Bangladesh border to stop infiltration. “There are some riverine areas where fencing is unfeasible. Here we would introduce gadgets and other devices to check infiltration. Cameras, surveillance equipment, hand-held thermal measure and other devices would be pressed into service soon," he said.
Stating that cases of infiltration from Bangladesh have come down significantly in the recent months, he said they are determined to bring it to zero.
Appreciating Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)&’s cooperation in taking on the menace of insurgency, he said their Bangladeshi counterpart is assisting them regarding the camps being run by some Northeast-based insurgent groups inside the neighbouring country. “There are around 50-odd Indian insurgent camps in Bangladesh, particularly spread along the borders of Tripura and Mizoram. The BSF has already handed over a list of them to BGB, requesting them to dismantle them. As per our information, BGB keeps raiding these camps from time to time,” he said. However, he declined to name such outfits.
Quizzed over the renewed threat from Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) in north Bengal, Mr Joshi said these have not impacted the borders. He said his force has recently been entrusted with the task of guarding Indo-Myanmar border ~ a prerogative of Assam Rifles till recently ~ adding that deployment is likely to begin later.
Talking about the bill on the land boundary/ swap agreement with Bangladesh, Mr Joshi said they would act after it is ratified by the Parliament.