The director generals of Border Security Force (BSF), India and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have declared 8.3 km stretch of Indo-Bangladesh border as first ‘crime-free zone’. The stretch covers Gunarmath and Kalyani Border Out Posts (BOPs) in India and Puthkhali and Daulatpur BOPs in Bangladesh across border.
Bangladesh and India share 4,156 km long international border. It is longest international border shared by India with its neighbours. It passes through five states viz. Assam (262 km), Tripura (856 km), Mizoram (180 km), Meghalaya (443 km) and West Bengal (2,217 km).
The first ‘crime-free zone’ stretch is one of most vulnerable to crimes like cattle smuggling and others. Both border guarding forces with help of civil administrations of two countries, NGOs and local populance will help in ensuring that no crime takes place along stretch.
Both forces will work together to ensure that no crime or anti-social activity occurs along this stretch. This is pilot project that will be reviewed after 5-6 months. It will be extended to other trouble-prone areas to target more difficult areas along 913 km of Indo-Bangladesh border under BSF’s South Bengal Frontier.