Meghalaya moves Centre for adequate security

In the wake of simmering tension following a firing by BDR on Tuesday, the Meghalaya government has dashed off a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram urging Centre`s intervention in providing adequate security.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 13:27 PM IST

Shillong: In the wake of simmering tension following a firing by BDR on Tuesday, the Meghalaya government has dashed off a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram urging Centre`s intervention in providing adequate security to the people residing along the Indo-Bangla border.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who met leaders of organisations representing the people residing along the border last evening, said the Centre`s intervention is a must since the state has very little to do on the issue.

"The Centre must take the matter in the right perspective," Sangma said adding that the chief secretary has written a letter to the Home Minister informing about the "lack of confidence on commitment of the BSF towards protecting the life and property of the border people".

"We would like to know from the Centre whether the BSF is ready to provide 100 percent security to our people," the Chief Minister said.

He said Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh would lead a government team to the border on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

Leaders of the Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB), a conglomerate of different organisations, told the chief minister that people living in the border areas were scared to venture into their paddy fields due to a lack of security cover by the BSF.

"The people have lost confidence in the BSF," they said, raising questions on the functioning of the BSF.

On Tuesday, BDR had opened `unprovoked firing` in at least four places along the Meghalaya-Bangladesh border injuring a school teacher and reigniting tension in border
areas.

PTI