Though India maintained utmost restraint by not getting provoked by Bangladesh Border Guards firing incident in which a Border Security Force man died and another received serious injuries in the eastern sector on Thursday. It looks the way trans-border illegal trade is growing, the eastern sector is going to remain the next hot spot. Narcotics remain the most valuable product ‘traded’ followed by animal smuggling. Of recently the instances of animal and narcotics smuggling has shown an increase along with a steady rise in the number of arrests made in such cases along various Indian borders over three years. According to Union Home Ministry these criminal activities along the international borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, instances of cross-border smuggling of arms, drugs and cattle have increased many fold. India shares about 15,000-km-long land border with these countries along with China. These borders are primarily guarded by different frontier guarding forces working under the command of the home ministry. A steady increase in these numbers, both cross-border smuggling cases and arrests, can be attributed to enhanced attempts by the smugglers as well the surveillance capabilities of the border guarding forces. The incident has sparked tensions along the Indo-Bangla border. It may be noted here that it is first-of-its-kind incident to have taken place on the Indo-Bangla border. The relations between the two border forces have normally been very cordial and it has been decades since the last bullet was fired between them. However, security has been stepped up along the 4,096 kilometre-long border in the wake of the incident. Meeting inside Bangladesh territory on getting a call from the BGB. The Border Security Force has collected data from the pilot projects in Jammu and is being audited by technical experts so that security can be fine tune and the gadgets to get effective results. This Force has been contemplating a ‘smart fence’ on a 60-km stretch in Assam’s Dhubri to help the BSF in checking infiltration, illegal cross-over of Bangladeshi migrants, terrorist elements and also smuggling of cattle.
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