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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mizoram Government opposes BOP construction

SILCHAR, Nov 7: The Hailakandi district administration reacted sharply to the refusal to upgrade and modernize the Assam-Mizoram border out post (BOP) by the Mizoram Government. The matter was brought to light by Gharmura range officer Akhil Dutta in a report submitted by him to Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Tapan Chandra Goswami.

Dutta had stated in the report that district administration officials from the neighbouring State had verbally objected on the construction of the two BOPs at Gollacherra and Kachurthol in Hailakandi district. It was reported that the Border Development Ministry had recently sanctioned Rs 10.93 lakh for each of these two BOPs following regular incidents of kidnapping and extortion.

Goswami had also discussed the issue with the DFO as the Forest Department was entrusted with the construction work. Sources said range officer Dutta had suggested Goswami to take up the issue with the Mizoram Government.

On the other hand, DFO Dilip Das said that for the last 15 days, Mizo State police had been creating problems for construction works of the BOPs. The district administration has so far alerted Jamira police out post and CRPF to intensify vigil along the border and assured that in case of necessity, additional forces would be deployed in the area to resist intrusion by Mizo police. THE SENTINEL

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