Border with Bhutan sealed as kingdom votes

March 24th, 2008 - 4:39 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The West Bengal police have sealed the entire Indo-Bhutan border along the northern frontier of the state to prevent cross-border infiltration as the neighbouring kingdom went for its first parliamentary elections Monday. “We have sealed the entire Indo-Bhutan border, spanning 150-200 km in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, from March 22 and it would remain so till Tuesday 6 a.m. (March 25),” Inspector General (North Bengal) R.J.S Nawla told IANS.

He said the entry points have been sealed so that no one from Indian side enter Bhutan or from that side enter here during the historic poll for Bhutan’s 47-member National Assembly.

Asked if the police had any prior information about any likely trans-border disturbances owing to Bhutan polls, Nawla said: “There have been bomb blasts in Bhutan in the recent past. We don’t want to take any risk.”

He said that security has also been tightened at Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border in West Bengal.

An explosion on March 15 rocked the town of Samdrup Jongkhar in eastern Bhutan, close to the border with the Indian state of Assam.

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