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Assam to deploy 4,000 border police in Indo-Bangladesh border
Wednesday, 14 December 2016

In order to increase surveillance and security along the India-Bangladesh Border, the Assam state government of India has decided to add four new battalions, comprising of about 4,000 personnel to the border police force.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this on Tuesday after reviewing the law and order situation with top Home department officials in India, reported the Statesman.

The Assam chief minister said the four new battalions will form the second line of vigil and patrolling along the India-Bangladesh border and will assist the Border Security Force (BSF).

Sonowal directed the department officials to work towards the immediate steps to raise the four battalions and said that these battalions will be deployed in four districts namely Cachar, South Salmara-Mancachar, Karimganj and Dhubri, which has international border lines with Bangladesh.

Sonowal said the Commandants of these four battalions will also be acting as Superintendents of Border Police in their concerned districts.

The chief minister also reviewed the activities of 120 watch towers located along the India-Bangladesh border and asked the officials to take steps to modernize the towers for enhanced surveillance.

Sonowal also asked the Home Department to issue directive to the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to put in efforts to prevent any fresh bid of illegal encroachment in the char (river sandbars) areas.

He said that the concerned district SP or the DC must undertake regular inspection tours to the char areas.