Indian borders on alert after mutiny in Bangladesh (Lead)

February 25th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati/Agartala, Feb 25 (IANS) India Wednesday put its frontier guards on maximum alert along the Bangladesh border following a border guard mutiny in the neighbouring country, officials said.
An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) official said troopers were put on high alert and additional reinforcements rushed to sensitive border areas along the northeastern states of Tripura and Assam.

“A high alert was sounded with senior officials asked to station themselves in the border outposts,” A.K. Singh, a BSF spokesperson said.

Another senior BSF official said Bangladesh army soldiers have taken over several border outposts in Feni district, bordering Tripura, after a mutiny by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troopers.

“We are monitoring the developments and as of now nothing unusual has been noticed along the border. We are ready to meet any eventuality in the event of a spill over of the happenings in Bangladesh,” the BSF official said requesting not to be named.

Tripura shares a 856 km-long border with Bangladesh, with at least 30 percent of the border unfenced. Assam shares 272 km-long border with Bangladesh.

“BDR troopers stationed in some of the border areas were found to be jittery and confused after getting reports of the clashes in Dhaka. Our boys are monitoring their activities,” the official said.

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