Indian held captive on Bangladesh side

A villager was held at a BDR outpost after he was allegedly dragged by unidentified persons from a border village in Jaintia Hills district into Bangladesh, officials said here.

Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 18:37 PM IST

Shillong: A villager was held at a BDR
outpost after he was allegedly dragged by unidentified persons
from a border village in Jaintia Hills district into
Bangladesh, officials said here.

Villagers were farming on an India-held `adverse
possession` land at Rongkhon when a group of miscreants
confronted them. Later, they dragged away one of the farmers.

Twenty-one-year-old Dimmy Dahar, son of the village
headman, is presently at the Shreepur outpost of BDR, BSF
officials said.

BSF officials were communicating with the BDR for
Dahar`s safe release.

Following successive incidents of "unprovoked firings"
by BDR, the BSF had last month warned their Bangladeshi
counterpart that it will not not observe "restraint" in the
event of anymore "misadventure" from the other side.

During a DDG-level meeting at Dawki in Meghalaya
recently, the BSF had told BDR unilateral restraint is not
possible and that Indian villagers who go for agricultural
activities in the "adverse possession lands held by India"
would be given security cover.

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

The areas under adverse possession, 11 of them in
Meghalaya sector, were created when the two countries
demarcated the international boundary in the 1960s.

PTI