The Supreme Court asked the Union government on Wednesday to release funds for fencing the India-Bangladesh border to check illegal migration into Assam.
A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton F. Nariman perused the Centre’s status report on the progress made in the works relating to securing and fencing the International Border.
“Without going into the merits of the submissions, we are of the view that the task of border fencing and physical manning of the border [where fencing could not be done] has to be undertaken and concluded,” the court observed.
Additional Solicitor-General P.S. Patwalia said some tenders had been finalised and work orders issued to successful bidders to undertake the exercise of border fencing.
The court was hearing the pleas of the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, the Assam Public Works and the All Assam Ahom Association filed in the aftermath of the riots in 2012 and 2014.