Kolkata: The standoff between the Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee governments over force deployment in Darjeeling didn't come in the way of Union home minister Rajnath Singh's meeting with heads of states bordering Bangladesh at Nabanna on Thursday.
Three separate meetings of chief ministers of states sharing borders with Pakistan, China and Myanmar, were held earlier. Singh, given his rapport with the CM, is likely to look into the matter.
The meeting, called by the Indian home minister, would discuss the influx of Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants, and explore ways to check it, an Indian home ministry official said. In order to plug cross-border terrorism, migration and cattle smuggling, he insisted on a technology-based surveillance system.
The minister "stressed on the need to prevent entry, at global borders, of illegal immigrants some of whom have links with extremist groups for furthering anti-national activities with ulterior motives and posing threat to internal security", said a home ministry press release issued after the meeting. "Of the 1,090 kilometres, 684 will be secured with fence and related infrastructure, while 406 kms will be covered by non-physical barrier", Singh said. "In these areas, technological solutions of a networked combination of electronic gadgets like radar, day-night cameras and various types of censors will be integrated in a unified command and control architecture", Singh said.
"We have to put up fences in 684km". He said, the central government should set a deadline to completely seal the global border with Bangladesh. "The grid will be supervised by a state-level standing committee which would function under the chairmanship of the government's working chief secretary", he said. I have appealed to all the states to be vigilant on this issue.
He said that some insurgent groups of north east were very active in Bangladesh.