31 August :The BSF has claimed the central security agencies probing different terror attacks are not sharing information with it, leading to failure of action against militants on time.
The BSF, which guards 4,095-km-long porus Indo-Bangla border, has been able to apprehend seven criminals who are involved in terror acts in India despite lack of information."We do not get authentic information from investigating agencies on time. Whatever action we have taken so far against militant outfits like HuJI and LeT along the border were based on media reports," Director General of BSF A K Mitra said in New Delhi.
Mitra made the remarks when asked whether the BSF had raised the issue of activities of Bangladesh-based HuJI, which is accused of perpetrating terror acts in India, during its recent five-day talks with Bangladesh Rifles in Dhaka.
"Without specific information, it is very difficult to act. It is a failure on the part of the probe agencies," he said.
The BSF chief said he has instructed all his personnel deployed in border posts to remain alert against such elements from across the country.Mitra also claimed that 12 lakh Bangladeshis, who had entered India between 1972 and 2005 with valid documents, have not returned home.
"Between 1972 to 2005, 12 lakh Bangladeshi have entered into West Bengal with valid documents. But there is no record that they have returned home," Mitra said.However, the BSF DG said illegal immigrants were no longer a serious problem as number of such persons entering India has gone down considerably.
Last year only 807 illegal immigrants were nabbed along the Indo-Bangla border by BSF against several thousands five years ago, Mitra said.
Asked about the reports of demographic change in certain border areas due to the influx, the BSF chief said, "the problem is there. Various government agencies are working. Even special laws like IMDT (now defunct) were framed to deal with the illegal immigrants."
Bangladesh shares a 4,095-km-long border with India — 2,216 km with West Bengal, 856 km with Tripura, 443 km with Meghalaya, 318 km with Mizoram and 262 km with Assam.