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India to keep border sealed ahead of polls in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s close neighbour India has decided to keep its border sealed for three days from January 4, a day ahead of the 10th national election of Bangladesh billed for January 5.

India has also taken additional security measures to avert any negative impact on its state Pashchimbanga following the overheated political situation ahead of the elections, reports BBC Bangla.

Indian BSF personnel patrol a stretch of the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of AgartalaThe report quoted Home Secretary of Indian state of Pashchimbanga, Vasudev Banarjee saying the border will remain sealed till January 6.

Border Security Force (BSF) have been ordered increased vigilance over land and water boundaries, while police stations near the borders have also been kept on high alert, the report says.

Earlier, Additional Director General (East) of BSF, BD Sharma said two additional battalions (2500) of BSF have been deployed on the southern frontier alone.

Meanwhile, the BSF has been ordered handling the situation humanely if the people of the Hindu community from Bangladesh try to enter Indian border in the face of violence.

The decision was taken on Tuesday following a meeting at state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah between the Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and state Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Home Secretary Basudev Banerjee, ADG BSF B D Sharma and representatives of other security and Intelligence agencies, says a report carried by The Statesman.

Petrapole in North 24-Parganas, Chengrabanda in Cooch Behar and Fulbari in Jalpaiguri are among the border transit points that West Bengal has with Bangladesh.

Courtesy: UNB.