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Bar on haats along border

Balurghat, Oct. 6: Concerned about growing reports of infiltration from Bangladesh, authorities here have decided to issue identity cards to residents of border villages in South Dinajpur.

The district administration will also relocate the families living along the “zero point” and remove the weekly markets within 5-km radius of the border.

The zero point is the no-man’s-land between the two countries. South Dinajpur is surrounded by Bangladesh on three sides, with a 245-km border, mostly fenced in.The district has witnessed several faceoffs between the BSF and residents, the latest being a 11-day truck strike by exporters protesting the paramilitary outfit’s “harassment” at the Hili checkpost.

District magistrate Sushil Kumar Pal said the decision to issue I-cards was taken after a meeting with police and the BSF.

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