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Bangla allows India to erect barbed wire fencing

Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to erect barbed wire fencing on the zero line in some selected places.

Updated: Mar 05, 2012, 20:38 PM IST

Agartala: Bangladesh has agreed to allow India
to erect barbed wire fencing on the zero line in some selected
places but turned down India`s proposal to construct the
fencing in entirety, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told
the state Assembly on Monday.

Replying to a question asked by opposition Congress
member, Gopal Roy, if the state government had asked the
Central government to take up with Bangladesh so that fencing
could be constructed on the zero line, the chief minister said
the neighbouring country had agreed to allow India to erect
barbed wire fencing on the zero line in some selected places
only.

To adhere to India-Mujib pact and guidelines formulated in
1975 for border management, India constructed fencing 150
yards away from the zero line to check smuggling, illegal
migration and cross border movement of Indian insurgents.

The Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister, said
many district and subdivisional towns, markets, Agartala
airport have fallen within 150 yards of the Indo-Bangla
international border.

He said at least 50,000 people of 8,750 families were
affected as their agricultural and homestead lands fell
on other side of the fencing.

PTI