BDR posts red flag in disputed area on Indo-Bangla border

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:19

Shillong: BDR personnel posted a red flag
in a disputed area adversely held by India in Meghalaya`s
Jaintia Hills district, days after the border guards of
Bangladesh resorted to unprovoked firing thrice in that area.

The red flag was put up on Sunday after some Indian
villagers of Muktapur went there for fishing and were chased
away by the BDR men, BSF officials said today.
The red flag is a warning for Indian villagers not to
enter the area, which, according to records, has been with
India since 1947 but has been claimed by Bangladesh.

Officials said some 250 families have abandoned their
homes and shifted to safer places in fear, in Muktapur and
adjoining areas.

The area under adverse possession of India, measuring
around 55.3 acres, is between border pillars, covering a
distance of about 1,200 metres.

The development takes place amid the Director
General-level BSF-BDR meeting that went underway in New Delhi
yesterday.

Disregarding a status quo agreement, BDR troopers made
three offensives last month leading to heavy exchange of fire
with BSF near Muktapur.
Four additional companies of BSF troops have been
deployed in the area following the incidents.

According to official records, currently, there are
551.8 acres of Bangladeshi land under "adverse possession" of
India while an estimated 226.81 acres of Indian land is under
adverse possession of Bangladesh.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:19

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