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India prevails over Pakistan in BSF-Rangers talk


By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: India prevailed over Pakistan in the joint record of discussion signed on Saturday between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers after two days of discussion, according to an Economic Times report.

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The Pakistan Rangers insisted on using the terms like “working boundary” and “ceasefire violations” in the joint record that was signed. The Rangers use the term “Working Boundary” to refer to the International Border (IB) between India and Pakistan in the Jammu & Kashmir region. Similarly, they also wanted to use the term “ceasefire violations” and include the instances of firing by India across the IB.

But, the BSF was able to prevail over its Pakistani counterparts and the final join record stated “incidents of firing at the borders,” as per a press statement signed by both the BSF and the Rangers.

The ET report quoted a home ministry official as saying: “BSF has dominated the battlefield so far and dominated the talks as well.”

BSF also managed to bring up the issue of infiltration with the Rangers. The joint statement stated: “India has told Pakistan that in future when we see suspicious movement on the border, we will fire an illumination round from a light pistol or a para bomb as a signal to the Rangers that we are opening fire on the infiltrating terrorists and not on the Rangers. Rangers have agreed on the mechanism which will be followed by a joint post-level meeting next morning. Rangers wanted a ‘joint investigation’ of all such incidents, the BSF prevailed to use the term ‘joint verification’.”

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Two people arrested in Assam for cannabis transportation

583 Kg of cannabis was caught hidden inside a specially-built cavity at the back of the driver's cabin.
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Kolkata, Dec 26, 2017: About 583 kg of dry cannabis was seized and two persons were arrested in Assam, an official from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said here on Tuesday.

“With support of the Border Security Force (BSF), the DRI officials of Silchar intercepted a truck at Badarpurghat area of Cachar and recovered 583.7 kg of dry cannabis packed in 58 packets, which were hidden inside a specially-built cavity at the back of the driver’s cabin,” the official said.

The driver and the handyman of the truck — Narayan Chandra Sarkar and Kalidas Munda, both hailing from Agartala — were arrested and the truck was also seized.

According to the official, the contraband was coming from Agartala and was bound for Shillong.

“The case indicates that the northeast continues to be the sensitive zone for production of cannabis, from where it is being transported to different parts of India by the drug syndicates,” a statement said.

This is third major seizure of ganja in such huge quantity by the agency in less than four months.

In September, the agency’s Silchar unit had recovered 1,413.6 kg dry cannabis and its Berhampore unit seized 841 kg ganja in August.