Rohingya issue: Border forces of India, B'desh step up security

Rohingya issue: Border forces of India, B'desh step up security

Border security forces of India and Bangladesh have taken steps to ensure that Rohingya refugees do not cross over to the Indian side, top officials said on Friday.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has identified 140 vulnerable locations where security deployment has been reinforced and more surveillance gadgets installed to tackle organised criminal gangs that help Rohingyas to sneak across the Indo-Bangla border.

Addressing a press conference with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) chief, Maj Gen Abul Hossain, BSF Director-General K K Sharma said they have chalked out plans to keep a vigil on the “spillover effect of the Rohingyas crossing over to India” during the bi-annual four-day talks between the two forces.

“We are both aware that the issue is very very serious as large number of Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh. You are very right in apprehending that the spillover effect of the Rohingyas crossing over to India is also very genuine. Both of us have taken steps. The BGB has ensured that their movement is being regulated and they have mounted some ‘nakas’,” Sharma said.

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