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