Rajnath Singh holds review meeting on Indo-Bangladesh border security issues

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After a two-hour meeting at Nabanna, the state secretariat, which, Singh described as "very fruitful", the Union Home minister told reporters: "West Bengal chief minister has assured me of all necessary cooperation on making land available both for setting up new border outposts (BOPs) as well as for raising barbed fence at the unfenced borders".

Border Protection Grid (BPG) will be set-up in all five states sharing global borders with Bangladesh, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today. This is the fourth such meeting to be chaired by the home minister. He said, radical elements and terrorists can only be checked with joint action and active cooperation of central and state governments.

He admitted that of the 4,096-km-long Indo-Bangladesh border across the five states, only 3,006 km had barbed fence, roads, floodlights and BOPs.

According to official estimates, around 36,000 Rohingyas are now living in various parts of India.

He quoted latest estimates to say that 9-10 lakh Rohingya Muslims have migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar and the possibility of a spillover to India can not be ruled out.

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Non-physical barrier would comprise technological intervention such as radar, day-night cameras and sensors.

" India has friendly relations with Bangladesh and all these measures will facilitate genuine trade and ligitimate cross-border movement of people while curbing radicalisation, illegal migration and smuggling of cattle, fake Indian currency notes and drugs, " the Home Minister asserted.

India's home minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday his government is committed to securing the country's borders with all neighbouring countries, reports PTI. He said, the central government should set a deadline to completely seal the worldwide border with Bangladesh.

Illegal immigration from Bangladesh has also been a major cause of concern for the north-eastern states and West Bengal for many years now, another home ministry official of India said.

Those expected to attend the Kolkata meeting include chief ministers of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

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