Indo-Bangla border fencing: Supreme Court anguished over Centre’s ‘vague affidavit’

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  • The Supreme Court has expressed its “regret” and serious “dissatisfaction” over the “vague” affidavit filed by the Centre that actual construction work of the 263-km fencing along Indo-Bangladesh border will take three years and go beyond the year 2020.
  • “The statements made there (affidavit) are an exercise in vagueness with no specific details in spite of various orders of this court and passage of time,” a Bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman said.
  • The Bench was anguished that in one of the paragraphs in the affidavit, the authority concerned stated that it will take 18 months to complete the work on a stretch of 13.38 km without giving any reason.

Indo-Bangla border fencing:

  • Work for erection of barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla International Border (IB) was planned to  be completed by 2017.
  • India constructed border fencing 100 yards away from the international border leaving a large tract of agricultural and homestead land outside the fencing to adhere to Border Management agreement signed in 1975.
  • India has 4096 km border with Bangladesh and Tripura which is girded by the neighbouring countries in three sides, has 856 km long border.
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