Sunday, 6 June 2010

BDR protests BSF work on Padua border

Staff Correspondent, Sylhet

Indian Border Security Force's attempt at constructing a concrete structure triggers tension as Bangladesh Rifles protests by hoisting red flags on the Tamabil and Padua borders in Sylhet on Thursday.

The border guards of both sides sat at a flag meeting on Padua border, about 7 kilometers off Tamabil on Friday afternoon.

Second-in-command of 21 Battalion of BDR Major Mamun and second-in-command of Battalion -1 of BSF at Shillong SG Shukla led their respective sides in the one hour meeting.

Sources said Indian BSF guards brought some construction raw materials near border pillar 1275/1P and started building a concrete structure, close to the Tamabil land port 55km away from the city at about 4:00pm Thursday, prompting BDR to protest.

Major Mamun said the BDR had to hoist red flags as a sign of protest as any construction within 150 yards of the border line is prohibited. The Indian BSF had already moved within 120 yards of the border. Red flag is the ultimate signal before firing which compelled BSF to halt the construction work.

“We also asked them not to create obstacles for Bangladeshi nationals working on the farmlands, by the Padua borders, as our troops are still alert” Mamun said. Some Indian nationals protected by the BSF were attempting to grab those farmlands, he added.

Border guards of both the countries have been on alert at Tamabil and Padua borders since Thursday afternoon.

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