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Friday, October 10, 2014

Special women cell of BSF engaged for security check at Bangla border following Burdwan blast

Malda, 9 October, 2014: A special wing of women BSF personnel have been engaged to check the women in ‘burkha’ entering India from Bangladesh. Informing this BSF sources added that trained women personnel of BSF of battalions 125, 114, 31 and 20B deployed in Malda are conducting the thorough examination of the women visitors to India from Bangladesh particularly after the recent bomb blast in Burdwan reportedly revealed foreign links.

Intelligence wings of BSF and police have also been maintaining a strict vigil on the international tourists from Bangladesh as learnt from the sources. Customs officials are also maintaining an additional caution while verifying the documents of Bangladesh nationals entering India through different Indo-Bangla borders located in the district.

DIG (Malda Range) of BSF Raj Singh Rathore however preferred to maintained reticence in this regard. “It has nothing to do with any particular incident. We remain alert throughout the year and the same vigil is being maintained even now,” Mr Rathore said.

BSF sources informed that 125th battalion of BSF monitors areas between Kanchantar area of Mahadipur border and Sabdalpur in Baishnabnagar. 114th battalion observes areas between Keshtapur border in English Bazaar and the border in Habibpur. 31st battalion watches the border lying between Habibpur and Bamangola and 20B battalion takes care of areas between Sabdalpur in Baishnabnagar and Khandua in Murshidabad district. Two other battalions under Malda range monitor borders in Murshidabad and south Dinajpur, the sources informed.

All these battalions have at least 12 trained women personnel who are conducting the courteous yet thorough check on the women nationals of Bangladesh entering India through different borders in the district.

A sub inspector of 125th battalion of BSF on condition of anonymity said, “After the Burdwan blast we have received an instruction from New Delhi to beef up security along the borders. Women BSF jawans have been conducting search on women Bangladesh nationals entering India. Wherever the three-phase fencing has not yet been constructed, search lights are being used and special vigil is being maintained.”

It has been further learnt from BSF sources that special vigil is being maintained along 34 km long water-border with Bangladsh. Adequate number of speed-boats and search lights are being used by the BSF. Even in some areas trained dogs are being used to add edge to the vigil.

Bangladesh nationals like Rini Bibi, Bhabesh Pal and others who entered India in last 24 hours through Mahadipur border conceded that security-check by the BSF was much more extensive than previous times. However, instead of expressing annoyance, those visitors welcomed the effort of the BSF and said that all should cooperate with the security personnel to combat the terrorism internationally.

Joint secretary of Malda exporters’ association Samir Ghosh said, “The international trade with Bangladesh has not at all been affected by the tightened security measures. We have assured the security personnel to extend all sorts of cooperation required. We know that country comes first for us all.”

Meanwhile, district BJP general secretary has alleged that a number of Bangladesh nationals have been living in Malda and some of them have got even the voter cards too. SP, Malda Prasun Banerjee, however, said, “If any specific complaint comes, police would definitely take action.” “Police have been working at the border areas keeping in touch with the BSF,” Mr Banerjee asserted.(

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