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AGARTALA, June 8 � Worried by the happenings along the Indo-Bangla border, Director General of BSF DK Pathak arrived at BSF�s Tripura Frontier Headquarters at Salbagan here on Sunday.

During an hour-long visit, the DG held a meeting with top BSF officials including Inspector General (IG) BN Sharma here and reviewed the security situation in the aftermath of the fatal incident at Dakshin Ramanagar in West Tripura district.

At West Ramnagar area, two persons including a BSF jawan were killed in a clash between troops and villagers on Friday. In the clash, nine villagers also sustained injury sparking panic in the area.

The government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and District Magistrate West district has already initiated the probe in the incident.

Angry villagers have met the IG, BSF and demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the next of kin of the killed civilian.

In the meeting, the DG was briefed about the fresh influx of Bangladeshi nationals through Gandacherra�s Indo-Bangla border and safe return of the refugees.

After reviewing the situation, the DG, BSF left for Kolkata en-route to Delhi, a BSF official said.

Sources said, the DG BSF has asked the local BSF authority to expedite the fencing works along the Indo-Bangla border to avoid unwanted situations.

All the 92 Bangla nationals who have crossed over Indo-Bangla border and taken shelter at Ratannagar ADC village in Tripura Dhalai district have been sent back to their homeland on Saturday.

PTI adds: All the 92 people of Chakma and Tripuri community from the Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh, who took refuge in Dhalai district following an ethnic strife there, have been repatriated, officials said today.

�They came on Monday last and were given shelter in the Girish Karbaripara school of Gandacherra sub-division and returned to their home following a meeting between the BGB and BSF yesterday,� Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gandacherra, Bhaskar Dasgupta told reporters.

During the time of return of the refugees, District Magistrate of Dhalai and officials from Bangladesh and security personnel of BSF and BGB were present at the border.

A list of Bangladeshi nationals who had crossed over the Indo-Bangla border was prepared and handed over to BGB.

�The tribals had crossed the border following an ethnic strife in the bordering Khagracherri district of Bangladesh. But the situation is normal there now,� said the District Magistrate of Dhalai, Milind D Ramteke.

Earlier, the State Government communicated the matter to the Union Home and External Affairs Ministries for necessary steps and Tripura Chief Secretary SK Panda was asked to send a list of Bangladeshi refugees to the Indian High Commission office in Dhaka.

Tripura shares an 856 km-long border with Bangladesh.

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DG BSF reviews Tripura border situation

AGARTALA, June 8 � Worried by the happenings along the Indo-Bangla border, Director General of BSF DK Pathak arrived at BSF�s Tripura Frontier Headquarters at Salbagan here on Sunday.

During an hour-long visit, the DG held a meeting with top BSF officials including Inspector General (IG) BN Sharma here and reviewed the security situation in the aftermath of the fatal incident at Dakshin Ramanagar in West Tripura district.

At West Ramnagar area, two persons including a BSF jawan were killed in a clash between troops and villagers on Friday. In the clash, nine villagers also sustained injury sparking panic in the area.

The government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and District Magistrate West district has already initiated the probe in the incident.

Angry villagers have met the IG, BSF and demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the next of kin of the killed civilian.

In the meeting, the DG was briefed about the fresh influx of Bangladeshi nationals through Gandacherra�s Indo-Bangla border and safe return of the refugees.

After reviewing the situation, the DG, BSF left for Kolkata en-route to Delhi, a BSF official said.

Sources said, the DG BSF has asked the local BSF authority to expedite the fencing works along the Indo-Bangla border to avoid unwanted situations.

All the 92 Bangla nationals who have crossed over Indo-Bangla border and taken shelter at Ratannagar ADC village in Tripura Dhalai district have been sent back to their homeland on Saturday.

PTI adds: All the 92 people of Chakma and Tripuri community from the Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh, who took refuge in Dhalai district following an ethnic strife there, have been repatriated, officials said today.

�They came on Monday last and were given shelter in the Girish Karbaripara school of Gandacherra sub-division and returned to their home following a meeting between the BGB and BSF yesterday,� Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gandacherra, Bhaskar Dasgupta told reporters.

During the time of return of the refugees, District Magistrate of Dhalai and officials from Bangladesh and security personnel of BSF and BGB were present at the border.

A list of Bangladeshi nationals who had crossed over the Indo-Bangla border was prepared and handed over to BGB.

�The tribals had crossed the border following an ethnic strife in the bordering Khagracherri district of Bangladesh. But the situation is normal there now,� said the District Magistrate of Dhalai, Milind D Ramteke.

Earlier, the State Government communicated the matter to the Union Home and External Affairs Ministries for necessary steps and Tripura Chief Secretary SK Panda was asked to send a list of Bangladeshi refugees to the Indian High Commission office in Dhaka.

Tripura shares an 856 km-long border with Bangladesh.

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