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Fencing 319 km on Indo-Bangladesh border not possible: MoS Home Nityanand Rai

New Delhi: Fencing the 319 km on the Indo-Bangladesh border is not possible as it runs through rivers and difficult terrain, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Responding to a question, Mr Rai said High Definition cameras have been installed near rivers and difficult terrain to prevent infiltration. Besides, security personnel on boats also maintain a constant vigil on such areas.

Fencing could not be done due to non-acquisition of land in 249 km area and will be undertaken when land is available.

Due to non-acquisition of 60 km of land on the Indo-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal, fencing could not be done making it vulnerable to infiltration. However, their attempts are aborted by the BSF personnel, the Minister said.

Between 2016 and 2020, as many as 2548 infiltrations took place. A total of 2,014 primary report were filed in this regard while 4,189 were named in the FIRs.

The Border Security Force personnel nabs the intruder and hand it over to the state government. The state government does not take stern action due to which very few people get punished, he said.

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