Laser-based aerial mapping along the 267 km long Indo-Bhutan border along Assam will soon start as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given the go-ahead to the project. The step is expected to aid security agencies to pinpoint militant hideouts via remote sensing.
The difficult Indo-Bhutan terrain has, over the last few years, been a major den for insurgent groups, especially the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit). Top leaders of the insurgent group, including the elusive most-wanted militant G Bidai, are also believed to be hiding somewhere along the Indo-Bhutan border.
The idea behind opting for the survey is to break through the uninhabited thick forest and uneven terrain so as to enable linkage of border guarding forces and prevent crime along the Indo-Bhutan border, which is manned by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
However, the Centre’s long-term plan is to survey the entire 699-km Indo-Bhutan border, also passing along Arunachal Pradesh (217 km), West Bengal (183 km) and Sikkim (32 km). The laser-mapping would begin from Assam.