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BSF beefs up vigil along Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent Rohingya influx

Some of the vulnerable areas include Petrapole, Jayantipur, Haridaspur, Goalpara and Tetulberai

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers walk across the open border with Bangladesh | Photo: Reuters

The has increased the number of "sensitive and vulnerable" spots along the Indo-border in and ramped up vigil there to check the influx of the into the country.

"Earlier we had identified 22 spots, but now we have increased it to 50. These are vulnerable and sensitive spots from where both Bangladeshis and can cross over. We have increased our vigil," PSR Anajaneyulu, IG, (South Bengal), told PTI.


These sensitive locations are spread across North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, and Nadia districts. All these spots fall under the South Bengal Frontier formation of the

Some of the vulnerable areas include Petrapole, Jayantipur, Haridaspur, Goalpara and Tetulberai.

According to officials in the South Bengal Frontier, 175 were apprehended by the in the last few years, of which seven were caught in 2017.

The is also enhancing its local source base and working with different central agencies to identify and track the movement of the

Of the 4,096-km-long Indo-Bangla border, 2,216.7 km is in

Terming the as "illegal" immigrants, the union government on September 18 had submitted before the that their continued stay posed "serious security ramifications."

Thousands of Rohingyas, described by the in 2013 as one the most persecuted minorities in the world, fled their homes in Myanmar's state recently to escape a military crackdown.

First Published: Thu, October 05 2017. 14:53 IST
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