SILCHAR, July 13 - At a time when reports of entry of Islamic terrorists from Bangladesh into India are hitting the headlines almost every day, a joint meeting of the DCs and SPs of Cachar and the East Jayantia Hills districts of Meghalaya was held at the office of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan along with his East Jayantia Hills district counterpart WR Lyndoh and SP Cachar Rajveer Singh along with SP East Jayantia Hills district S Thamar accompanied by ADM KL Nongbri discussed vital issues between both the districts, including insurgent movement into India from Bangladesh via Meghalaya, improvement of the road connecting Silchar and Guwahati through Meghalaya and ways to lessen the number of road accidents, law and order and other matters relevant for better border management between the two States.
At the end of meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction and viewed that such talks helped in mutually sorting out disputes at the grassroots level through dialogue as well as helped in confidence building. S Vishwanathan said that such meetings should take place more often.
Later, talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House, WR Lyndoh said, �East Jayantia Hills shares 70 kms Indo-Bangla international border and presently approximately 17 kms of forest land of the total stretch is a porous area. However, the BSF is keeping a close eye on the thoroughfares and illegal entries are being closely monitored.�
�Around 100-km road between Assam and Meghalaya falls under district and NHAI has been repairing the road stretch. We hope that by March 2017, the condition of the road will improve,� Lyndoh added.
Lyndoh also said that after the ban on coal mining in Meghalaya following a Supreme Court order, transportation of coal from the State has also been banned and there can be no movement of coal into Assam and Tripura from Meghalaya henceforth.
S Thamar, SP East Jayantia Hills district said that this year the BSF officials caught two Bangladeshi nationals who were found entering into Meghalaya. The Superintendents of Police of both the districts have assured that there would not be any easy thoroughfare within the open border area.
Talking about measures to prevent the road accidents, Thamar said that they are conducting breath analyser tests to detect drivers of night buses consuming liquor.