India might use drones on its eastern frontier with Bangladesh in a move to stop infiltration from across the border.
“UAVs are being used along the Western Sector to stop infiltration from across the border with Pakistan. Similarly, UAVs can also be used for monitoring of infiltration in the Eastern Sector,” India’s Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was quoted as saying by bdnews24, a Bangladeshi online news daily last month.
“The Government is working on regulations for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for civil and military purposes. This can be a good way to protect borders and maintain law and order in the country,” said Mehrishi.
Government sources say the home ministry has identified about 1,138 km of the India-Bangladesh border as vulnerable to illegal migration and trans-border movement of terrorists.
“The UAVs could be a better option to vigil those areas,” said a government official.
Even as the Union Home Ministry has completed fencing of at least 2787.35 km porous border with Bangladesh in I and II phase, 1138.44 km area are yet to be fenced.
India and Bangladesh shares a border over 4,096 kms.