Must reconstruct Indo-Bangla border fence: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said a lot needs to be done to seal the porous Indo-Bangla border and end illegal entry of foreigners.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: September 4, 2016 1:05 am
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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Saturday said the barbed-wire fence along the Indo-Bangla border should be reconstructed. “Why can’t the Indo-Bangla border be made as secure as the border with Pakistan?” he asked.

Sonowal, who visited several stretches of the border in Dhubri sector on Friday and Saturday, said the fence had rusted and was crumbling at many places.

“The border is not just porous, but is lying wide open in many places, both on land and at river stretches… there are many gaps… through which people can pass. These must be plugged, and the only way to ensure this is to reconstruct the whole length of the fence,” Sonowal said over telephone from Mankachar.

He said the task of constructing a foolproof border fence should be entrusted to the Army. He said he had written to the Prime Minister in this regard.