Agartala, Apr 27: In midst of strong surveillance along Tripura-Bangladesh border to foil any intrusion bid amid threat of Covid-19, suspected smugglers breached a stretch of wire fencing in Mohanpur, just along Agartala-Khowai road on Saturday night sparked
off fresh tension in the locality.
Fear gripped the villagers in the morning after noticing the break of fencing in a stone-throwing distance from BSF camp for past two days. The villagers found a cow and calf near the fencing and protested against BSF for their alleged lackadaisical attitude in border management.
The villagers alleged that two weeks ago a group of Bangladeshi nationals had entered into Indian Territory through this stretch following Covid threat in that country but villagers pushed them back. Recently, the state government deployed Tripura State Rifles (TSR) in second-line defense in Indo-Bangladesh border and the chief minister also alerted the villagers to be vigilant on cross border movement besides, BSF.
“There are as many as five guarding points of BSF in 1.5 kilometres stretch but how intrusion attempts are made in such tight security,” the villagers questioned and added
BSF has now been pressurizing the families in the nearby area indicating their involvement. The BSF officials however are not available for comment.
Police said nobody has claimed the ownership of the rescued cow and calf and they were with BSF. Tripura government stepped up security in bordering areas apprehending cross border movement due to spread of Covid-19 in neghibouring Brahmanbaria and Comilla districts of Bangladesh.
According to report, there has been a popular belief that medical facilities in Tripura are much better than them and there is a stringent safety protocol that helped the state to
stay safe from novel coronavirus. There have been continuous attempts of intrusion from across the border even after declaration of lockdown in India. As many as six such incidents of Bangladeshi nationals
allegedly entered into different parts of Tripura escaping border security in last one month,
which made the bordering locations of the state became vulnerable, officials stated. Meanwhile, police yesterday arrested three Bangladeshi nationals engaged in construction works from Suryamaninagar area of the city and sent them for Covid test.
Police said based on secrete input, the raid has conducted in a construction site and found three suspected youths aged between 19 and 23 years. Initially, they claimed as
citizens of West Bengal but later they admitted to Bangladeshi citizenship and claimed to cross the border a month ago. (UNI)