Six more floating outposts for India-Bangladesh border

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 18:30 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who Sunday reviewed coastal security of West Bengal said the BSF would get six new floating border outposts (BOPs) for enhanced surveillance of the riverine India-Bangladesh border in the state.

"I have been visiting India's borders with the neighbouring countries and today I reviewed the coastal security here. We will be giving six new BOPs to the BSF in addition to the existing three," Shinde told the media here.

Shinde, on a two day visit to the state, visited the three BOPs in the Sunderbans and asked the Border Security Force (BSF) take more technological help for surveillance of the border.

"He visited all our three BOPs here, met with our officers and stressed on larger use of technology and modern gadgets while guarding the border," said BSF Joint Director General (East) B.D. Sharma.

The three floating BOPs are at T-Junction, Sagar, Shamsernagar at the riverine Indo-Bangladesh border in the Sunderbans- the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and falls partly in Bangladesh and West Bengal.

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