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Five frontier states in east to get border security grid: Rajnath Singh

08 December 2017

In a meeting with chief ministers of Indo-Bangladesh border states, Singh said that almost 1,000 km border of the total 4,096 km is not fenced.

Border Protection Grid (BPG) will be set-up in all five states sharing global borders with Bangladesh, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.

The meeting, called by the Indian home minister, would discuss the influx of Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants, and explore ways to check it, an Indian home ministry official said.

"We seek full cooperation from Bangladesh bordering states to control illegal activities in border areas". For setting the committee, the states will need to participate actively, Singh said. "The total length of India-Bangladesh border is 4,096km of which 3,006 km has been fenced".

Director general of India's BSF KK Sharma had said last week his troops apprehended 87 Rohingya Muslims along the Indo-Bangla border since the beginning of the current year till 31 October, of whom 76 were sent back to Bangladesh.

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Almost 9-10 lakh Rohingya Muslims are estimated to have migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar due to alleged persecution by the military, and the possibility of a spillover into India can not be ruled out, he had said. "The grid will comprise various elements, including physical and non-physical barriers, surveillance systems, intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies". Meghalaya was represented by its chief secretary and Tripura by its home secretary.

In the past, the home minister has had similar meeting with chief ministers of states having borders with Pakistan, China and Myanmar.

In the meeting, the Home Minister underlined the need for securing the country's borders and putting in place the systems to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce. Indo-Bangladesh border covering five states - Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram - is 4096 km long, and so far in 3006 km border security infrastructure of fence, roads, floodlights and border outposts are in place and works in the remaining 1090 km are yet to be started, " he informed.

Sonowal said the Central Government should set a deadline - possibly December 2018 - to completely seal the global border with Bangladesh.

Others present at the meeting included Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs; Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam; and Lal Thanwala, Chief Minister of Mizoram.

Five frontier states in east to get border security grid: Rajnath Singh