GUWAHATI, Jan 4 � Vigilance along the Indo-Bangla border is likely to improve considerably with the increase of the strength of the Border Security Force (BSF). Meanwhile, cattle smuggling to Bangladesh, which turned out to be a major cause of concern, has come down in the year 2011 compared to the previous years.
Highly placed sources in the BSF told The Assam Tribune that earlier, the Assam-Meghalaya frontier of the border guarding force had to maintain vigil on the international border in Meghalaya and in Dhburi sector of Assam. But a new frontier has been set up in Guwahati and the frontier is now looking into the international border right up to Coochbehar in West Bengal. The erstwhile Assam-Meghalaya frontier of the BSF is now looking into 443 kilometers of international border in Meghalaya. Sources said that the increase of the BSF�s strength of the would result in overall improvement of border management.
On the performance of the BSF in the Assam-Meghalaya frontier in 2011, sources said that the notable aspect is that cattle smuggling, which was a major cause of concern in recent years, has come down considerably. According to records available, the personnel of the BSF seized cattle worth Rs three crore in the year 2011.
Sources said that various reasons can be attributed for the improvement of the situation regarding cattle smuggling in recent times. The strict vigil maintained by the BSF personnel to check the menace is one of the reasons, while, the Government also started taking some effective measures to prevent smugglers from bringing in cattle to the international border areas. The personnel of the Border Guards Bangladesh have also become more effective on the other side of the border following the improvement of relations between India and Bangladesh.
Sources said that during the year, the Assam-Meghalaya frontier of the BSF arrested 205 illegal migrants, while the items seized on the international border include 228 kilogram of ganja, 1400 grams of brown sugar, one kilogram of heroin, 46000 bottles of cough syrup etc.
The BSF also arrested 19 militants on the international border which include one member of the Islamic United Reformist Protest of India. In counter-insurgency operations, the BSF arrested five NDFB militants and 19 linkmen. The weapons recovered include 250 grams of plastic explosives, eight pistols, three revolvers, etc.
Sources admitted that attempts by anti-India forces to pump in fake Indian currency notes remain a cause of concern and in the year 2011, the BSF seized fake currency notes of the face value of Rs 1.75 lakh. As many as 18 persons have been arrested in connection with fake currency rackets.