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BSF, BDR to relocate weapons on border

They have also decided to fill newly-dug bunkers to ease tension among people on the Indo-Bangla border.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 18:51 IST

BSF and Bangladesh Rifles have decided to relocate sophisticated weapons, including mortars, and fill the newly-dug bunkers to ease simmering tension among the people on the Indo-Bangla border in Cachar and Karimganj districts of Assam.

Officials said the sectoral-level flag meeting of the two border forces, however, referred the dispute regarding the 220 acres of land on the border in the two districts to 'higher authorities'.

On June 28, firing was reported between the two forces over the alleged occupation of 220 acres of Indian land by Bangladeshi cultivators.

At the flag meeting held on Sunday night, both sides decided to withdraw the additional troops reinforced after tension escalated following skirmishes.

According to BSF sources, people living near the border outposts of the BSF which was targetted by the BDR, were shifted to safer places after the mortar attack.

The displaced people have been lodged in relief camps in various schools and local club houses which were at a safe distance from the border, sources said.

Assam police forces have been posted along the 32-kms border stretch behind the BSF as a 'second line of defence', particularly to prevent any infiltrator or terrorist from sneaking in from the other side.

First Published: Aug 14, 2006 18:51 IST