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Border Crimes in Meghalaya: Dy CM seeks diplomatic cooperation

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SHILLONG, FEB 23: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home (Police) Prestone Tynsong on Friday said International border issues pertaining to Meghalaya, particularly concerning crimes committed by Bangladesh nationals, require comprehensive collaboration and diplomatic efforts in accordance with international conventions.

Replying to a call attention notice moved NPP legislator from Sutnga-Saipung Santa Mary Shylla in regards to the murder of a man by suspected Bangladeshi nationals at Loomsoski village under Narpuh elaka, Tynsong said “…even though, various measures have been initiated to provide security to the people of the border areas, but due to the porous nature of the border, especially in areas which are yet to be fenced, crimes perpetrated by Bangladeshi nationals have been reported from time to time.”

On January 6, one Chiang Dhar (55) was brutally attacked and killed by Bangladeshi nationals while guarding betel nut gardens at Balisara, Loomsoski village.

“Despite the issues that persist due to international protocols, the police department is leaving no stone unturned in its endeavour to deliver justice to the victim and the family members,” Tynsong assured while adding that the district police is not only expediting the investigation of the case but in collaboration with the Border Security Force a strict vigil is being maintained along the international boundary so as to ensure peace and security of the people residing along the border.

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Further, the deputy CM informed that the state police has also adopted various measures to enhance the safety and security of the people living along the international border with Bangladesh, and these includes the strategic setting up of 13 police stations namely Mahendraganj, Ampati, Dalu, Baghmara, Rongara, Dawki, Pynursla, Shella, Mawsynram, Ranikor, Lumshnong, Gasuapara and Nonghyllam near the Indo-Bangladesh border and the setting up of 19 Anti-Infiltration units along the international border.

Police officials have been consistently conducting mobile and foot patrolling, long range patrolling at regular intervals along the Indo-Bangladesh Border so as to instill confidence and a sense of safety to the residents of the border areas.

He said that the district police stationed along the Indo-Bangladesh border are also maintaining close relations with the border security force, wherein joint patrolling and operations are being carried out regularly to thwart/curb trans-border crime and illegal infiltration.

In addition to this, Tynsong said that the coordination meetings with the BSF at different levels are being held from time to time to address several issues including crimes committed by Bangladeshi nationals along the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Community Liaison Group (CLG) have also been formed by the Officer-in-Charge of police stations and In-charges of police outpost comprising of BSF officials, police, headmen and village elders, he said while adding that meetings are conducted from time to time to sort out issues of the people residing in the border areas, and during such meetings, the support of the border residents is also being solicited in sharing of real time intelligence with the police/BSF on movement and activities of suspected anti-social elements Bangladeshi nationals, in their respective villages so that swift and effective measures can be taken to counter/neutralize any impending threat.

Village defence parties (VDP) have also been constituted in the border areas under the supervision of respective SDPOs, OCs’ and ICs for the purpose of carrying out preventive patrolling, promoting crime reduction measures and assisting the police in their official discharge of duties, he added further.

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