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

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

Earlier, in a meeting with the chief ministers of Indo-Bangla border states, Singh made it very clear that the government would not compromise on border issues.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday enlisted the cooperation of all five states sharing their boundary with Bangladesh to create a foolproof mechanism to secure the border and stressed on the need to prevent influx of Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants, citing a possible threat to internal security.

"The centre is committed to securing India's border with all neighbouring countries", he said before leaving for Kolkata, according to the news agency PTI. He underlined the need for securing the country's borders and putting in place the systems to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce.

Besides Singh, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Assam's counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal and Mizoram's Lal Thanhawla, officials from Meghalaya and Tripura also attended the meeting. This is the fourth such meeting to be chaired by the home minister.

He admitted that of the 4,096-km-long Indo-Bangladesh border across the five states, only 3,006 km had barbed fence, roads, floodlights and BOPs.

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The Home Minister said, NDA government has been giving highest priority to secure India's global border by putting in place a robust system to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce.

According to an official estimate of India, around 36,000 Rohingyas are now living in various parts of India.

He said that out of 4096 km Indo-Bangla border, installation of fencing has so far done in 3006 km. Senior security and intelligence officials are also expected to attend the meeting.

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.

At a meeting of chief ministers and home ministers of West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura in Kolkata, Mr Singh said, a border protection grid on the lines of Unified Command set up in insurgency-hit states will soon come up in these states to check illegal infiltration.


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