BSF sets up structure on no man’s land at Godagari border

Villagers at Paba patrol border to check infiltration

RU Correspondent | Published: 00:48, Dec 03,2019 | Updated: 21:13, Dec 03,2019


A tense situation prevails on the Indian and Bangladesh frontier in Rajshahi after the Indian Border Security Force set up a temporary camp on no man’s land at Shaheb Nagar area under Godagari upazila on early Saturday.

Several Boarder Guard Bangladesh officials on Monday afternoon told New Age that they had sent a letter and a message to the BSF protesting at their illegal move to set up a camp on the no man’s land, but the BSF did not reportedly accept the letter.

Locals said a new char emerged in the Padma River attached to the Bangladesh territory a few days ago.

On early Saturday, a group of BSF personnel went to the char by boat, set up a temporary camp with bamboos and raw materials inside the no man’s land, and started patrolling.

BGB Shaheb Nagar Camp company commander Nayeb Subedar Shawkat Ali said as per the international law of the acquisition of territory the respective authority is required to set up their camp at a distance of 150 metres inside their own territory from the no man’s land.

However, BSF personnel set up their camp at a distance of 70 metres from the zero line which is on the no man’s land.

‘We tried to send letter and message to them in various ways, but BSF did not receive any letter,’ he also said adding that he had informed the incident to the higher authorities and would take action following their directions.

However, BGB-1 battalion commander Ferdous Ziauddin Mahmud could not be reached.

Meanwhile, along with BGB personnel the villagers also started patrolling the Char Khanpur bordering area under Paba upazila in the district to prevent infiltration from 28 November.

Naik Subedar Nazrul Islam, in-charge of the Charkhanpur Border Outpost, said that they came to learn on November 23 that the Indian people, who had been excluded from the final list of NRC tried to enter Bangladesh or Indian authorities had made an attempt at pushing them towards the Bangladesh territory.

Mentionable, some 19.7 lakh people were excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens in Assam State of India published on August 31.

‘I talked to the union parishad members, sat for a meeting with the villagers where they agreed to patrol along with the BGB personnel to prevent infiltration from India,’ Nazrul Islam also said adding that around 250 villagers had already guarding the boarding area in two shifts at night.

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