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Shinde inspects border

- Union home minister visits Dhubri, reviews situation

Dhubri, Oct. 20: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visited the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district today and took stock of the situation.

Shinde, accompanied by senior officials of the BSF and the home ministry, arrived at the force’s camp at Panbari by helicopter and then drove to Dhubri BSF (water wing) camp. He proceeded to inspect border outposts along the Brahmaputra by speedboat.

Shinde told reporters he had announced after taking charge two-and-a-half months ago that he would visit the border to deal with the problems being faced by the security forces.

“I have visited Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, Sino-Indian border and am now here in Dhubri to inspect Indo-Bangla border,” Shinde said.

He added that he would inspect the border outposts affected by floods and erosion and the barbed wire fencing.

Intelligence sources said Shinde’s visit assumes significance in the light of BTAD chief Hagrama Mohilary’s allegations of largescale infiltration through the border in Dhubri. Moreover, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) and other leading organisations of Assam have been clamouring that the border be sealed to stop infiltration from Bangladesh into Assam, the source added.

Shinde visited Mahamaya char, Sishumara border outpost and the Mancachar border before flying back to Guwahati, where he is scheduled to review the internal security situation with chief minister Tarun Gogoi and senior Assam government officials, the sources added.