Border protection grid to be set up in Border States: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath proposes Jammu and Kashmir-like grid on eastern front to check infiltration

Indo-Bangladesh border covering five states - Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram - is 4096 km long, and so far in 3006 km border security infrastructure of fence, roads, floodlights and border outposts are in place and works in the remaining 1090 km are yet to be started, " he informed.

Banerjee has been very vocal on the Centre's decision to withdraw central forces from Darjeeling during serious unrest following the demand of Gorkhaland by Bimal Gurung and his associates.

Addressing a press conference after a high-level meeting with the chief ministers of the states bordering Bangladesh, Singh said, "We discussed the Rohingya issue and also appealed all the states to be vigilant on this issue".

The minister "stressed on the need to prevent entry, at worldwide borders, of illegal immigrants some of whom have links with extremist groups for furthering anti-national activities with ulterior motives and posing threat to internal security", said a home ministry press release issued after the meeting.

Out of this 684 km will be secured with fence and the related infrastructure and the balance 406 km with the non-physical barriers. "In these areas, technological solutions of a networked combination of electronic gadgets like radar, day-night cameras and various types of censors will be integrated in a unified command and control architecture", Singh said.

After the meeting held in Nabanna, the administrative headquarters of the state, the Union Home Minister told newspersons that the influx of Rohingyas and illegal Bangladeshis, cross border smuggling of human trafficking, fake currencies and drugs were discussed in the meeting.

"We have to put up fences in 684km". "The grid will comprise various elements, including physical and non-physical barriers, surveillance systems, intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies".

"The centre is committed to securing India's border with all neighbouring countries", he said before leaving for Kolkata, according to the news agency PTI. The committee will have each state's secretaries as chairman. "All the states have assured cooperation", he said.



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