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Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Poush 30, 1421, Robiul Awal 21, 1436 Hijr

Political Tension
Indo-Bangla border security tightened
Published : Tuesday, 13 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 177
Saleem Samad
Security along Bangladesh-India border has been tightened as political turmoil deepens in Bangladesh on the occasion of the first anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government, official sources said.
For the past several days, Bangladesh has been marred by a spate of political violence, with frequent strikes, attacks on public transports and blockades preventing businesses from functioning normally and wounding innocent citizens and obstructing their daily activities.
Security agencies fear  Jihadi militants who have taken refuge in neighbouring Indian states are likely to plan attacks on 'soft targets' inside Bangladesh territory in the wake of political chaos by opposition BNP.
Earlier, Indian sleuths busted Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) dens in Burdwan, West Bengal and Assam, and arrested key militant suspects responsible for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) have been put on high alert in the bordering areas from Satkhira to Feni, a Home Ministry official said.
Meanwhile the Indian border officials fear the splinter groups of north-east Indian insurgents who have access through porous 2,979 km international border may cross over to State of Tripura.
Indian border forces have been ordered to remain vigilant to foil any infiltration attempt by militants during the Indian Republic Day on January 26.
In January 2010, the outlawed militant outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)  blasted bombs and attacked military patrols in Assam during the Republic Day.

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