Tripura CM urges Chidambaram for more BSF
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:59
Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has urged Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to increase the strength of Border Security Force (BSF) along Indo-Bangla border to check the movement of insurgents.

"Insurgents of North-East who are based in Bangladesh are using Tripura border as their corridor. Increasing BSF's strength and building more border outposts (BOPs) is necessary for effectively guarding the border," he told reporters today.

He met Chidambaram on Saturday and discussed security of the state and North-East.

Sarkar, who also holds the home portfolio in Tripura, said there have been 16 battalions of BSF currently deployed in 856-km Tripura border and 14 more battalions were needed to properly guard the frontier.

He stressed that the current gap of 4.5 km between two BOPs should be reduced to 2.5 km.

The Chief Minister also requested Centre for sanction of two more battalions of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) for effectively launching offensive against the insurgents of the state.

Sarkar also demanded sanctioning of Rs 3,000 by Centre to each Special Police Officer (SPO) as salary instead of Rs 1500. SPO is a special contingent of police to help regular security forces in combating insurgency in the state.


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:59

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