Three days after the terrorist attack in a Dhaka restaurant, the Assam Police on July 4 sounded extra alert in three districts sharing international boundary with Bangladesh. The district officials have been also asked to keep in constant touch with the BSF.
“Extra alert has been sounded in three districts sharing border with Bangladesh in view of the Dhaka incident. The BSF has been also asked to step up vigil in these three districts,” Pallab Bhattacharyya, Additional DGP (Special Branch) of the Assam Police said in Guwahati on July 4.
Bhattacharyya also said that the police have been instructed to remain on extra alert in other districts too, with the Guwahati Police being asked to step its preparedness for any kind of situation. The three Assam districts that share international boundary with Bangladesh are Dhubri, Karimganj and Cachar.
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“The Guwahati Police commissioner has been particularly asked to step up preparedness. Terrorists have a tendency of striking in important cities because such attacks get them a lot of mileage in the international media,” the ADGP said.
Meanwhile, the BSF has stepped up its vigilance along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Northeast. “The BSF has stepped up extra vigilance and intensified operations on the international border to check both illegal infiltration and exfiltration as well as other crimes across the border after the recent killing in Bangladesh,” a BSF spokesman said in Shillong.
Meanwhile, the BSF on Monday apprehended 13 Bangladeshi persons while they were trying to infiltrate into South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Twelve among the 13 persons are Hindus, and residents of Anandapur village under Kalmakanda police station of Netrakona district in Bangladesh.
“It appears to be a case of migration of Hindus who are in minority there after the recent atrocities over Hindus in Bangladesh. In the wake of recent terror attack in Dhaka, BSF in Meghalaya has also augmented its manpower at border keeping in view the possibilities of illegal migration and trans-border movement,” a BSF spokesman said.
“The security agencies in Bangladesh have also launched operations along some border areas. After these ops some elements may attempt to escape from Bangladesh to hide in forested areas in India,” the BSF spokesman added.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya governor V Shanmuganathan on Monday visited the Indo-Bangla border at Shylla in Meghalaya and took stock of security situation at border. The governor was accompanied by PK Dubey, BSF Inspector General for the Meghalaya frontier.