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BSF ups vigil along Bangla border

Dhaka attack: Personnel of Indian High Commission safe

New Delhi/Kolkata: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday intensified vigil along the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal in the wake of the terror attack in Dhaka after the government sounded a high alert in bordering states.
Official sources said in Delhi that the Union Home Ministry has directed the Border Security Force (BSF) and other agencies to keep strict vigil along the international borders.
“Adequate security measures need to be taken in border areas of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya,” an informed source said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by senior officials in the ministry and security agencies on the situation in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the BSF intensified vigil across the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.
“The vigil across the frontier has been intensified. An alert has been sounded and we are doing the needful,” said a BSF officer in Kolkata.
In coordination with the police, the BSF troopers are also conducting search operations in villages near the Bangladesh border.
Security has also been beefed up in the state’s major installations, including airports and railway stations.
Reports received so far said personnel of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka were safe, sources said.
Bangladesh has lately seen an increase in militant Islamist violence.
Official sources said the Tripura and Assam governments have reported to the Central government in the recent past the activities of a few Bangladesh-based Islamic organisations which “could have also aligned to the ISIS” mainly in terms of getting funds and identifying “raw recruits”.
Meanwhile, condemning the attack “despicable”, the United States has offered to assist Bangladeshi authorities in bringing to justice those responsible for the death of 20 people.
“We remain in contact with Bangladeshi authorities and have offered any assistance necessary,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.  (Agencies)

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