KARIMGANJ, July 7 � Radhesyam Biswas, MP, MLA Kamalakshya De Purkayastha and Dr Manas Das, chairman of Karimganj Municipal Board have exerted pressure on Deputy Commissioner Sanjeev Gohain Barua to stop construction of the border fencing in Karimganj town along the Bangladesh border.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner had convened a meeting where this decision was taken. The meeting also decided to submit a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with a request for an alternative way to erect the border fencing along Karimganj town.
Karimganj district BJP said the committee will submit a memorandum to the Union Home Minister in this regard.
In the meeting convened by the DC, where high officials were present, DC Sanjeev Gohain Barua, BSF alongwith construction agency NBCC officials disclosed that the Central Government has exerted pressure on the district administration to expedite work on the border fencing along the town. So the district administration is helpless in this matter.
However, in the border area of the town, land acquisition has become a problem. To solve this problem, the DC convened the said meeting. MLA K De Purkayastha said as a concrete decision has not yet been taken as to how the border fencing would be erected the town area along the Bangladesh border, hence work should be stopped until the decision was finalised.
R Biswas, MP said in the name of border fencing, many houses, shops etc., will come under the threat of eviction. This is not the way, he said. The MP assured the meeting that they will discuss the matter with the Union Home Minister. He also requested the Karimganj DC to send a new proposal to the Union Home Ministry requesting them to allow construction of the border fencing along the bank of Kushiara river.
Manas Das, Kamalakshya De Purkayastha and Radhesyam Biswas claimed that people of the town were not opposed to border fencing, but not on the terms of the NBCC and the BSF. As there is a problem of land, hence the fencing should be constructed in a single line, they opined.