NEW DELHI, July 23: As many as 10,746 infiltrators have been apprehended along the Indo-Bangladesh border since 2014, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Of these 9,702 were intercepted in the border regions of West Bengal alone.
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai , in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said that border guarding forces have apprehended 369 infiltrators from Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal till June 30 this year, against 900 in 2018, 992 in 2017, 1,875 in 2016, 3,296 in 2015 and 2,260 in 2014.
In comparison, no more than 65 infiltrators were caught along Assam’s border with Bangladesh between January 2014 and June 2019. This was less than 677 infiltrators apprehended along the international border with Tripura and 281 on Meghalaya border. Mizoram saw the least infiltrators (21) apprehended in the corresponding period.
Rai said that even though border guarding forces conduct regular patrolling, lay nakas and undertake anti-tunnelling exercise to stop illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, some illegal migrants are able to enter surreptitiously, taking advantage of the difficult riverine terrain in parts of the international border that are not amenable to fencing.
According to the minister, India had sanctioned a total Rs 1,157 crore for fencing of Indo-Bangladesh border over the past five years, of which Rs 1,138 crore was spent. Around 353 km of Indo-Bangladesh border is yet to be fenced and the deadline for the same is December 2020. (TNN)