Shillong, Dec 2 :Two militant cadres, one each from KLNLF and ULFA surrendered before the Border Security Force (BSF) at the frontier headquarters along with arms and ammunitions.
Karbi Longri N C Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadre identified as ‘sergeant major’ Kemson Phangcho, a resident of Karbi Aonglong in Assam, surrendred with a 9mm pistol, one magazine and some live rounds while self-styled ULFA ‘corporal’ Doleshwar Gogoi of Golaghat surrendered with a .32 pistol and six rounds.
According to a BSF statement, 56 militants were held along the Indo-Bangladesh in Assam and Meghalaya border this year, while three others surrendered.
Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) today raised an additional battalion to man the riverine Indo-Bangla border in Assam to check illegal infiltration across the international border.
At present there are 12 battalions in the Assam-Meghalaya Frontier, guarding the Indo-Bangla border in which some have also been deployed in anti-insurgency operations in Assam.
BSF Inspector General (Assam-Meghalaya) RC Saxena while briefing reporters today said, ‘it is difficult to manage the riverine border in Assam. The men are operating in boats, but the gaps have to be plugged’.
According to the BSF sources, at least four border observation posts (BOPs) of the BSF along the international border with Bangladesh in Assam are operating from boats.
‘The situation is more acute on the banks where soil erosion is damaging border roads and fencing especially in Kedar, Sishumara and New Dewaner Alga area of Dhubri district in Assam,’ he said.
The BSF has taken up the case with the civil administration of Dhubri district, Assam PWD as well as Brahmaputra Flood Control Board.
Of the total sanctioned length of border fencing of 90 km in Assam, 73 km has been completed while work is in progress in another 8 km. In Meghalaya, of the total 481 km sanctioned length, 176 km has been completed and work is in progress in 114 km.