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BSF to seek BGB help on influx

Silchar, May 22: The BSF has renewed its pledge to “maintain cordial relations” with its counterpart in adjoining Bangladesh — the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), with a view to curb the unabated flow of infiltrators and smuggling into this part of the country.

The newly appointed chief of the BSF’s Cachar-Mizoram sector, D.K. Upadhyaya, stated that this co-operation was the need of the hour to control infiltration into this country.

Satish Budakoti, the deputy inspector-general of the frontier force, said Upadhyaya, who joined as the inspector-general of the force earlier this week, is a highly decorated officer of this elite corps and earlier was deputed to the Special Protection Group (SPG).

Infiltration is a major concern for the local people in the Barak valley districts as well as Mizoram. Cachar and Karimganj are particularly affected as the Bangladeshis continue to evade border vigil and are successful in their bid to infiltrate into this country via both the districts’ porous borders, as the people in the two countries share the same language and racial features.

BSF sources in Masimpur cantonment near here said on an average, about 200 Bangladeshis without proper travel documents are apprehended every year by the BSF. The volume of cross-border smuggling every year stands at Rs 2 crore on an average.