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Rohingya crisis: Security tightened along India-Myanmar border

Security has been further tightened along the borders of Northeast states with Myanmar and Bangladesh to foil any attempt by the Rohingyas fleeing the Rakhine state in Myanmar from entering India.

Top Assam Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) officials in Aizawl and Agartala, however, confirmed that no illegal immigrant has been detected or intercepted in the bordering areas of the Northeast states.

Four states – Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km) – share 1,643-km of mountainous and unfenced border with Myanmar.

Counter-insurgency trained Assam Rifles are guarding the India-Myanmar border.

There is a 16-km-wide free zone (8 km on either side of the frontier) along this 1,643-km unfenced border.

“Eight additional companies of Assam Rifles are being relocated at the India-Myanmar border to further strengthen security along the frontiers,” inspector general of Assam Rifles Major General Upendra Dwivedi told the media in Aizawl.

Deputy inspector general of 23 Sector Assam Rifles Brigadier MS Mokha also said in Aizawl that there was no influx of Rohingyas to Mizoram yet.

Image Credits: Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP.

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