Heavy firing was reported along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya between border guards of the two countries following an intrusion attempt from the Bangladeshi side.

Border Security Force (BSF) officials said the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) fired in at least three places - Muktapur, Noljuri and Ratangtila in Jaintia Hills district on Thursday evening. A heavy exchange of fire with the BSF ensued, creating panic among the residents along the border.

There was a build-up by the BDR along some stretches which continued on Friday, the BSF said.

The officials said BSF fired in the air and detained armed BDR personnel on Thursday who along with several others tried to intrude into the Indian territory.

In the evening, the BDR men fired in at least three places in an apparent retaliation of the morning incident.

Three to four Bangladeshis backed by BDR personnel entered the adverse possession land held by India at Muktapur near Dawki on Thursday evening. The BSF troopers first warned them and later resorted to firing one round in the air to prevent them, the officials said.

The apprehended BDR personnel was later handed over to the Bangladeshi authorities at a flag meeting, the BSF said, adding a protest was also lodged with the Bangladesh authorities over the incident.

There was no casualty in the firing, the BSF said.

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