Ranjeet Dass in Karimganj district on Monday. Telegraph picture
Hailakandi, March 6: Assam BJP president Ranjeet Dass today said an additional fence would be put up along the Indo-Bangla border in Karimganj district to bring back some of the Indian families living on the other side of the existing double fence.
Wrapping up his three-day visit to Barak Valley with a trip to the border in Karimganj district, the former Assembly Speaker said about 100 Indian families were now living outside the fence and a one-line fence will be constructed along a 4.5km stretch of the existing border to include them in Indian territory.
Dass said the fence will be from Sarisha to Deopur adjoining Karimganj town and it will be single fence unlike other parts of the international border, which are double fenced, because the town near the international border is thickly populated.
Many Indian villages, government and non-government establishments will be barricaded out if the international norm of fencing is followed here, he added, quoting BSF director-general K.K. Sharma.
A joint team of India and Bangladesh officials on Saturday conducted a survey on setting up of a single fence from Sarisha to Deopur.
Dass said the Centre has already approved it and work will begin soon.
He said the security of the Indian families along the border was a prime concern of the BJP-led government in Assam and admitted that the families living in the Karimganj border areas were facing extreme difficulties in their daily life.
Karimganj district shares 93km border with Bangladesh, including 41km riverine along the Kushiyara river. The 3.5km riverine border in Karimganj town has not yet been fenced because of technical constraints.
Dass said the single fence will be constructed along the bank of the river. The Bangladesh authorities have agreed to this.
He admitted that some of the riverine areas were porous in the district.
Dass was accompanied by Patherkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul, former MLA Mission Ranjan Das, BSF commandant Lokesh Kumar, Karimganj deputy commissioner Pradip Kumar Talukdar, superintendent of police Pradip Ranjan Kar and others to the border.
Later, Dass visited the Karimganj hospital and met the two women who were injured in an alleged attack by eight Bangladeshi nationals last week.
Dass and Paul donated Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 in cash respectively for their treatment.