Rajnath talks Darjeeling, border safety with Didi

Rajnath talks Darjeeling, border safety with Didi

He said the India-Bangladesh border would be brought under a "Border Protection Grid" for foolproof security.

Indian Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has urged five eastern states sharing boundary with Bangladesh to be vigilant against influx of Rohingyas, officials said Friday.

During the meeting, the home minister and chief ministers will also discuss the ways as to how the porous Indo-Bangladesh border can be made more secure and safe in a bid to check cross-border smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, narcotics and other illegal activities, the official said.

Mr Singh will hold a crucial meeting in Kolkata on Thursday where issues like infiltration of illegal Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis would be discussed in detail.

He stressed on the need for preventing entry at worldwide borders of illegal migrants some of whom have links with the extremist groups for furthering anti-national activities with ulterior motives and posing threat to internal security, " Mr Singh commented. For setting the committee, the states will need to participate actively, Singh said.

As of now an estimated 36,000 Rohingyas are suspected to be living in different parts of India.

"The grid will comprise various elements namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, surveillance, system, Intelligence agencies, State police, BSF and other State and Central agencies", he said in his opening remarks. Meghalaya was represented by its chief secretary and Tripura by its home secretary.

Singh said the NDA Government has been giving highest priority to secure India's worldwide border by putting in place a robust system to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce.

The Home Minister said, NDA government has been giving highest priority to secure India's global border by putting in place a robust system to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce. 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.

The Bengal government's land policy cropped up as a major hurdle to the Centre's plan at a meeting to fence the borders with Bangladesh.

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