Jan. 31: The Border Security Force and Bangladesh Rifles today came close to a faceoff as both forces tried to “push back” over 230 people across the Indo-Bangla border in south and north Bengal.
The BSF jawans stopped 213 alleged Bangladeshis when the BDR was trying to herd them into India at Satgachi in Cooch Behar district. Conversely, the BDR personnel prevented 26 Bangladesh nationals, who had been picked up in Delhi and taken to the border by the BSF today, from crossing over at Phulbari in Nadia district.
Tension erupted along the border when the border guards on both sides went on high alert.
As both sides reportedly despatched reinforcements, senior BSF officials camping in the area said they were trying to avert what could become an eyeballtoeyeball confrontation.
The standoff could not have come at a worse time when diplomatic relations between the neighbours have plunged to an alltime low, with Delhi accusing Dhaka of harbouring ISIbacked militants sneaking into India to create disturbance.
A senior BSF official based in the force’s north Bengal frontier headquarters in Kadamtala near