Check Rohingya influx, Rajnath Singh tells border states

Indian minister of home affairs Rajnath Singh speaks during a press conference after attending a meeting of chief ministers on the Indo Bangladesh border states to discuss security issues in Kolkata on 7 December 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting in Calcutta with representatives of five states that share borders with Bangladesh, including chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Singh, given his rapport with the CM, is likely to look into the matter.

Singh on Thursday skirted questions about the possibility of a tripartite meeting on Gorkhaland, giving primacy to the state government's view.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB) States, in Kolkata today The Home Minister had earlier conducted border specific review meetings for Indo-China, Indo-Myanmar, Indo-Pakistan borders.

He said that out of 4096 km Indo-Bangla border, installation of fencing has so far done in 3006 km. But remaining 1,090 km of border is not fenced yet. In 406km, where erecting a fence is not possible, we will put up non-physical barriers, such as cameras, lasers and radars. He said that since it was hard to erect fencing in these areas, it was decided that the government would provide technological solution including installation of day light cameras, leaser and other sophisticated measures to strengthen the border security. He said, the central government should set a deadline to completely seal the worldwide border with Bangladesh. "The grid will comprise various elements, including physical and non-physical barriers, surveillance systems, intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies". "The grid will be supervised by a state-level standing committee which would function under the chairmanship of the government's working chief secretary", he said.

Illegal immigration from Bangladesh has also been a major cause of concern for the north-eastern states and West Bengal for many years now, another home ministry official of India said. I have appealed to all the states to be vigilant on this issue. "All the states have assured cooperation", he said.

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