RANGIA: SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) IG frontier headquarters Guwahati, Sanjeev Sharma reviewed the security situation along the Indo-Bhutan border in Baksa district.
The review bears significance in the aftermath of the rescue of 40 children and two adults from Sikkim by the Assam Police recently. Human traffickers took all the 42 to Sikkim through this international border. The SSB IG reached the border area on July 24 and wounded up his visit on July 25.
The IG told this reporter that drug smuggling from Myanmar goes on through Arunachal Pradesh, and not from Bhutan. According to him, beyond Bhairabkunda in Arunachal Pradesh, some villagers cultivate 'charas' that reaches Assam through different corridors.
The IG urged the youths of Baksa district to exploit the natural resources for income generation, especially in the promotion of tourism, bamboo craft, agriculture etc.
He also requested youths to join the CAPFs (Central Armed Paramilitary Forces). He said that more than 25,000 CT/GD vacancies appeared in the CAPFs. This is a golden opportunity for the youths of BTR for their livelihood and to serve the nation, he said.
He also said that the SSB has been imparting seven-day pre-recruitment training to all local youths in all the border districts of Assam.
The IG Sharma had a detailed interaction with village headmen, local people and youth of Indo-Bhutan border areas.
The IG visited border outposts of 24th Bn SSB Rangia, Gaiden Chowk, Bihangapur, Bimlanagar and Guabari in the Baksa district. He directed the troops to enhance alertness and maintain a constant vigil on suspicious movement of anti-national elements to avoid any untoward incidents. He also participated in a "mega plantation drive" at BOP Guabari which is part of Mega Plantation Drive started by the Union Home Minister at Cherapunji (Meghalaya) in Assam Rifles camp.
The SSB IG also attended the closing ceremony of the two-day anti-drugs and human trafficking workshop organized at the Darranga BOP international check post. He said that 24th Bn SSB Rangia apprehended seven traffickers and rescued seven girls recently. He assured villagers that the SSB would take all possible measures against human traffickers and drug peddlers active along the Bhutan border.