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SHILLONG | July 23, 2019:

The  Jaintia Students Union’ have strongly objected the action on the part of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) for “illegally” entering into Indian territory to stop the construction of a road at Muktapur, a village located along the Indo-Bangladesh border on Saturday.

“How can the BGB come to Muktapur to stall the construction of the road. This is totally unacceptable. The Centre and State Government should take a strong cognizance of this matter,” JSU War-Jaintia Circle president, Eddy Kerry Pohtam said in a statement issued here on Monday.

Meanwhile, a BSF spokesperson here said the matter is being probed by a commandant level officer.

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Three armed Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) men came to the site on Saturday and ordered for the work to be stopped, asserting that the spot falls under 150 yards from the international border and that the construction violates the agreement, alleged B Buam, Muktapur village secretary and the contractor for the road.

The road is being constructed at Muktapur village where there is no barbed wire fencing.

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Buam said the BGB men left after he informed them that the road will not be blacktopped and construction of such a “temporary” road is allowed as per a protocol signed by both the countries in 2011, and later amended in 2015.

The said protocol concerning the demarcation of the land boundary between India and Bangladesh and related matters was signed by the two countries on September 6, 2011.

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The Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB), an organisation that looks after welfare of people living along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the state, has condemned the incident.

Meghalaya Frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) is in charge of guarding the 443 km-long Indo-Bangladesh border, most parts of which are unfenced, hilly and difficult to man.

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