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India will complete fencing along Bangladesh border by year-end
September 04, 2007 16:44 IST
The barbed wire fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam will be completed by December 31, Assam Accord Implementation Minister Bhumidhar Barman has said.
The construction of roads and the wire fence along the frontier will be completed by the year-end, Barman told reporters in Silchar on Monday night, after visiting border areas in the Cachar and Karimganj districts.
Authorities in Karimganj district, which has a 94-km border with Bangladesh, told Barman that they were facing problems in completing a four-km stretch inside Karimganj town.
The fence needed to be built 150 metres from the frontier but that will not be possible in the four-kilometre stretch unless the district deputy commissioner's office and some other important buildings were pulled down, authorities told the minister.
As the Bangladesh Rifles were objecting to the construction of the fence in Karimganj without maintaining the norm of placing it 150 metres from the border, the Assam government has referred the matter to the Centre, said Barman.
Of the 28.75-km border in Cachar district, 14 km has already been fenced.
Referring to objections raised by the Border Security Force against madrasas in the border areas, Barman said that the government had no specific allegations. He added that action would be taken if a complaint was lodged.