Tripura : BGB denies fence construction along Indo-Bangla international border

An Indian construction company was prohibited from constructing wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla international border by the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, after which a tensed situation has taken birth in Sabroom at South Tripura district.

Sabroom shares an international border with Bangladesh, situated in the far south of Tripura.

Many areas along the Indo-Bangla international border lack fencing.

BGB personnel appointed along the border denied few workers from the construction company to construct a wire fence in Aailmara area of Sabroom on Wednesday.

Section 144 was imposed in the area on Wednesday by the sub-divisional magistrate subdue the situation.

People closed their shops and local markets in the area in fear that the BGB might open fire on the Indian side.

Previously, the BGB personnel opened fire to stop the construction of a fence in the area, informed the locals.

“The four km stretch from Aailmara to Sabroom Market along the international border is still unfenced,” said a local.

“Taking advantage of this, people from Bangladesh illegally cross over to India. Cross-border smuggling activities are also increasing due to this,” he said.

A meeting was held at Maitri Setu by the border forces of both India and Bangladesh, but could not resolve the problem.

Border Security Force (BSF) requested for deployment of extra personnel along the international border in Sabroom to prevent any untoward incident.

The Bangladesh Border Force also objected construction of barbed wire fence in another places along the Indo-Bangla international border in North Tripura.