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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2897

Not an inch of land will be parted to Bangladesh

[b]Not an inch of land will be parted to Bangladesh[/b]

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

[b]Shillong, 23 March, ([/b] Meghalaya state Chief Minister DD Lapang on Wednesday assured members of the State Assembly "not an inch of land would go to Bangladesh," once Meghalaya’s 443 km international border with Bangladesh was wired.

Concerns have been raised here that people would forfeit their land once fencing is done 150 yards away from zero line. "The area beyond the fence belongs to India and gates are there for people to cultivate the land up to zero line. Not an inch of our land will go to Bangladesh", Lapang stated.

As per the Indira-Mujib pact of 1972, both Bangladesh and India reached an agreement that neither country can erect permanent defense installation within 150 yards of from the international border.

India argues that the barbed-wired fence cannot be construed as a defense installation. India claimed that there are more 196 insurgents' camps operating inside Bangladesh territory to wage terror against sovereign India. But Dhaka does not buy New Delhi's argument.

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