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Eastern borders more problematic than western region: BSF

By The Assam Tribune

Agartala, Oct 11 (IANS): India's eastern borders pose more problems than the western part of the international boundary, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer said here today.

"India's western part of the international borders are largely plains, better fenced and well guarded while eastern region of the boundaries are both plains and mountainous besides not being fully fenced," Pranay Sahaya, newly appointed special director general of the BSF, told reporters.

He added that there were fewer inter BOPs (border outposts) on the western border than in the east. "I will study the international borders carefully before taking suitable plans to further strengthen vigil along the eastern Indian border," said Sahaya, who will take charge of special DG of the BSF Tuesday in Kolkata.

A 1975 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre Indian Police Service officer, Sahaya was the director general of Tripura police and worked in that northeastern border state in various capacities for more than two decades.

He said inter-linkages between separatist outfits of the northeastern region had been weakening while sharing of information and experiences between the security forces of northeast was being strengthened.

"In Bangladesh, in view of the crackdown by the security forces of that country against the northeast India militants, the camps of Tripura terrorists have been reduced to 18 now from 45 in 2003."

"I have seen some instances of a few security personnel of other states conniving with militant outfits, but Tripura is the only state where no such case has been found so far," the senior IPS officer said.

As part of the modernisation plan, he said, police stations in Tripura would be online from January next year.

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Eastern borders more problematic than western region: BSF

Agartala, Oct 11 (IANS): India's eastern borders pose more problems than the western part of the international boundary, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer said here today.

"India's western part of the international borders are largely plains, better fenced and well guarded while eastern region of the boundaries are both plains and mountainous besides not being fully fenced," Pranay Sahaya, newly appointed special director general of the BSF, told reporters.

He added that there were fewer inter BOPs (border outposts) on the western border than in the east. "I will study the international borders carefully before taking suitable plans to further strengthen vigil along the eastern Indian border," said Sahaya, who will take charge of special DG of the BSF Tuesday in Kolkata.

A 1975 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre Indian Police Service officer, Sahaya was the director general of Tripura police and worked in that northeastern border state in various capacities for more than two decades.

He said inter-linkages between separatist outfits of the northeastern region had been weakening while sharing of information and experiences between the security forces of northeast was being strengthened.

"In Bangladesh, in view of the crackdown by the security forces of that country against the northeast India militants, the camps of Tripura terrorists have been reduced to 18 now from 45 in 2003."

"I have seen some instances of a few security personnel of other states conniving with militant outfits, but Tripura is the only state where no such case has been found so far," the senior IPS officer said.

As part of the modernisation plan, he said, police stations in Tripura would be online from January next year.