Dhubri (Assam), 18 February : Prevention of cattle smuggling from India's northeastern states to Bangladesh has posed a serious challenge to the Border Security Force (BSF). Although the BSF manning the porous India-Bangladesh border have made several arrests over the years, but that has not deterred the cattle smugglers from pursuing illegal activities.
The Indian Government has ordered fencing around eight kilometers of the India-Bangladesh border in the Dhubri region to curb infiltration and also check smuggling. Ravi Gandhi, DIG BSF in the Assam-Meghalaya Frontier, informed that security personnel would be patrolling day and night as soon as the fencing work is complete. Currently, two BSF battalions are deployed to guard this border and riverine tract.
India and Bangladesh share a 4,096-km frontier, regarded as one of the world's most fluid borders. More than 1,500 miles of the border have been fenced with barbed wire and concrete under the 1.2 billion dollars project during the past seven years.
Most of those killed or injured were on the train, he said. It was not immediately known how many people were in the twisted truck or what happened to them.
Islam said many of the injured were taken to hospitals. Authorities were investigating why no guard was present at the crossing, he said. The train whose engine and front coach were badly damaged, was traveling from a nearby northern town of Parbatipur to the southwestern city of Khulna.
In another accident in north-eastern Habiganj district, a Dhaka-bound train from Sylhet hit a bus at an open-level crossing, killing one passenger and injuring 25 others.