In order to curb infiltration, Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel have been deployed along the Indo-Bangla border in Sepahijila district of Tripura.
According to sources, the district police administration had a consultation meeting with the Border Security Force (BSF) officials at the office of the sub-divisional police officer of Sonamura on Wednesday.
After the meeting, Sauvik Dey, the sub-divisional police officer of Sonamura said they have decided to deploy Tripura State Rifles personnel along the Indo-Bangla border in the second line of defence in collaboration with the Border Security Force.
According to sources, the decision to strengthen security in the international has been taken in view of the COVID19 outbreak as Bangladesh has registered 3,772 positive cases and the death toll increased to 120 on Wednesday.
Bangladesh may also extend the nationwide shutdown of offices and workplaces till May 5 amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak, Bangladesh state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain said on Wednesday.
The number COVID19 positive cases were surging rapidly after a huge gathering of over 10 million people at the funeral of Maulana Jubayer Ahmed Ansari, an Islamic cleric in Brahman Baria, the nearest district of Bangladesh to Tripura.
Due to the crisis in Bangladesh, Tripura is stated to be at high risk.
The state of Tripura shares 856 km of the international border with Bangladesh while more than 90 per cent area is covered with fencing.
It is expected that the deployment of TSR personnel in the unfenced sensitive border areas as the second line of defence will help prevent infiltration from Bangladesh towards Tripura.
Subrata Majumder, the sub-divisional magistrate of Sonamura informed that TSR personnel will be deployed mainly at the sensitive areas and the unfenced areas.
Arun Verma, the deputy commandant (media) of BSF, however, said the Tripura government may deploy TSR personnel along the border as second line of security but they are yet to receive any order in black and white.