KULLUBARI (TRIPURA), Oct 22 – One can divide the land by erecting barbed wire fencing but breaking emotional attachment between people on two sides is something different.
To any visitor this is visible in UNC Nagar in Sipahijala district of Tripura even after construction of a barbed wire fencing as part of effective border management on the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The years old village UNC Nagar, situated along the Indo-Bangla border at Kullubari in Sonamura subdivision appears a victim of effective border management!
The zero line between India and Bangladesh runs along a serpentine two-feet-wide foot track through the village. But, the track can hardly divide the people of UNC Nagar (the Indian side of the village) from those from the Bangladeshi side.
Everyday, people from both the villages bearing the same name assemble at the same courtyard to offer namaaz. Children (from both India and Bangladesh) can be seen slinging marbles in the village.
“The housewives don’t feel shy to borrow a cup of sugar or daily commodities from their neighbours in Bangladesh”, said Nazma Akhtar (23) of UNC Nagar, adding, “and, trans-border feasts for Eid and marriage receptions are common at our village.”
“In the evening, we often visit our neighbours to watch television programmes and to play cards”, said Abdul Gani of the village.
When top BSF officials of Kullubari BOP visit the village, the dwellers from the Indian side come forward with their complaints. “Sir, you come every time to supervise the zero line but never bother to resolve our problems”, Gani recalled telling them.
Villagers complain there is no water supply or healthcare facility in the area. The villagers need to go to BSF to get medical aid.
Meanwhile, erection of border fencing in the unfenced areas and flood lighting to ensure foolproof security along the frontier are in progress.