Unprovoked firing: BSF

"We are trying to prevent flood along river banks"

Vinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: : Tension ran high on Friday along the India-Bangladesh border in Malda district of West Bengal as the border forces of the two countries exchanged heavy fire.

Border Security Force (BSF) Director-General R.S. Mooshahary told The Hindu that Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel opened "unprovoked" firing on Indian outposts at Adampur and Muchia. The BSF retaliated.

The BSF chief said the BDR firing was aimed at stopping the embankment work along the Mahananda river which had changed course.

"Flag meetings have been held and the two local commanders have met and also measured the distance which is way beyond 150 metres from the international border in keeping with the border agreement. We are protecting only our side otherwise floodwaters will enter. There is no reason for the BDR to object,'' he said.

Though there was no report of any casualty, Mr. Mooshahary said that tension prevailed as the BDR was refusing to see the logic behind the strengthening of the embankment on the Indian side.

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