Bangladesh Parliamentary elections
Silchar: In view of the forthcoming National Parliamentary Elections of 2018 in Bangladesh, scheduled for December 30, Dr K C Mahali, IPS, IG BSF, Mizoram and Cachar Frontier, Silchar, Assam, visited the international border along Bangladesh in the district of Karimganj on Thursday with DIG, PSO, R P Sanwal, DIG, M L Garg, Commandants Suraj Singh Negi and Ravindra Kumar.
The visit assumes significance because of the reports about the prevalence of a uneasy situation in the neighbouring country, following clashes between the supporters of the main rival parties, Awami League led by Begum Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Begum Khaleda.
There is information trickling in from Bangladesh that a sense of insecurity has begun to grip the minorities who are mostly the supporters of Awami League. This has been spelt out at a press-meet by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council recently. Such apprehensions are not new. This happens whenever there is a general election in that country. What becomes a matter of concern in such a situation is that in the event of forced migration of the minorities, extremist and criminal activists might get a leeway to cross over and indulge in internal sabotage and other nefarious activities. This calls for maximum vigilance on the border.
The visit of Dr K C Mahali, IPS, IG, is to inspect and review the security scenario along the international border. The IG BSF and the senior officers interacted with the border outpost commanders and the jawans to take stock of the ground reality. They were advised to remain ever alert and vigilant in order to check any illegal trans-border movement of subversive elements and to curb trans-border crimes. Patrolling by vehicles and on foot has been intensified along the border. At the same time, BSF has been put on high alert all along the border, besides beefing up security measures by maximizing the number of troops.