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Apex court appointed border inspection team visits Tripura

Correspondent

Agartala, October 24, 2017: Supreme Court appointed border inspection committee headed by former IAS officer A.K. Mangotra on Monday inspected some unfenced border locations in Tripura. The committee which included former Director General of BSF D.K. Pathak and Abdul Mannan, retired Professor of Guwahati University as members also took stock of situation at disputed Muhuri Char – only piece of land in south Tripura left out from implementation process of historic land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh.

This was first spot visit of the committee overseeing fencing work on the India – Bangladesh border after the apex court constituted it on July 31. Division Bench of the court comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R.F. Nariman later replaced former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai with A.K. Mangotra as Chairperson of the committee at the persuasion of the central government.

A senior BSF official said Supreme Court ordered formation of the committee after admitting a writ petition relating to the fencing of border with Bangladesh. The committee will submit its final report to the court within stipulated three months, he said.

Additional Director General of BSF R.P. Singh arrived from eastern headquarters in Kolkata to accompany the committee during inspections. Senior officers of BSF’s Tripura Frontier, state’s top civil administration and police officials of Tripura were also present during its visits.

On first day the committee mainly travelled to unfenced border locations in South Tripura district. 9.3km in the district has not been fenced so far, sources said.

Chairman and members of the committee also review 1.73km unsettled boundary in disputed Muhuri Char in Belonia. Bangladesh has been staking claim on this piece of land and the contentious issue remained unresolved for decades.

Tripura shares 856km boundary with Bangladesh. Fencing has been completed in 90 percent of the border, officials said.