Border Protection Grid to be set up in border states : Rajnath Singh

Kolkata/Guwahati, December 7: A high-level meeting ensued with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, when the Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura met him in Kolkata on Thursday.

At the meeting, it was proposed that a Border Protection Grid, on the lines of the Unified Command set up in the insurgency-hit states, will soon be set up in the five eastern states sharing borders with Bangladesh to check the infiltration of illegal immigrants including Rohingyas.

As per reports, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the concept of the grid has been planned as a multi-pronged and foolproof mechanism to secure the 4,036-km-long Indo-Bangla border.

“The grid will comprise various elements namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, surveillance, system, Intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies,” the Union Minister said in his opening remarks.

Of the border with Bangladesh, 2,217 km falls in West Bengal, 262 km in Assam, 443 km in Meghalaya, 856 km in Tripura and 180 km in Mizoram.

This is the fourth meeting of the Chief Ministers of states which share international borders, called by the Home Minister. Three separate meetings of the Chief Ministers of states, sharing borders with Pakistan, China and Myanmar were held earlier.

Unified Command Structure comprising Army, Paramilitary forces and State Police are in place in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Nagaland to effectively deal with militancy.

Recently, the BSF revealed that almost 40,000 Rohingyas were living in India and most of them had entered India via Bangladesh through the Karimganj border. On directions of the Home Ministry, it has now been planned to deploy more forces and seal such vulnerable areas.

The influx of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis through the porous Indo-Bangla border has been a major concern for India.

Edited by: Arnab Jyoti Das