As New Delhi alerts all the north-eastern States to step up vigil along the international borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar in run-up to the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday, security has been beefed up all over Tripura, particularly along the 856 km long border with neighbouring Bangladesh. The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are keeping a hawk eye round the clock.
“The Tripura Police and other Central paramilitary personnel, accompanied by bomb disposal and dog squads, are continuing search operations at airports, hotels, bus and railway terminals, markets, congested locations and national highways to avoid any incident,” said Tripura’s Inspector General (IG) (Law & Order) KJ Srijesh.
Strength of security forces was augmented in vital installations like Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat, Assembly House and vehicles entering into the State capital from other places were being checked thoroughly to ensure that disruptive elements did not sneak in.
For the last 10 days, anti-sabotage checking are going on in the market areas, railway station, bus stands, etc., besides check gates at all entry and exit points of the State where CCTV cameras have also been installed.
Some temporary check posts have also come up to monitor the vehicles coming in and going out of Tripura. Even though insurgency came down drastically in the State, patrolling along the Assam-Agartala National Highway and interior places were being intensified as a precautionary measure.
The Northeast Frontier Railway has also taken up security measures vis-a-vis running of trains in Assam and Tripura. Four north-eastern states – Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Assam – share a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh, while India and Bhutan share a 643-km unfenced border.
Four States of the region – Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh – also share a 1,640-km unfenced border with Myanmar. Arunachal Pradesh also shares a 1,080-km unfenced border with China.