Land was swapped mutually between India and Bangladesh in June, 2015 following the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement in the Indian Parliament. However, the dispute over the boundary demarcation on Muhuri Char in Belonia of South Tripura still lingers. According to the Indira-Mujib Pact, 1974 the centre of River Muhuri should be demarcated as a border between India and Bangladesh. However, the demarcation has not been accepted ambiguously.
To resolve this imbroglio, a meeting was held in the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) camp. It was attended by seven delegates of the Government of India led by Joint Secretary, Border Management, Sripriya Ranganathan. On behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, the meeting was attended by Feni District Commissioner, Mohammad Aminur Amal and top BGB authorities. They were also joined by nine delegates of the Bangladeshi Home Ministry led by Additional Secretary, Abuhena Mohammad Rahmutul Munim.
There are 59.23 acres of land in Muhuri Char. Among these, there are 36.125 acres of jote land. There are 19 families in Muhuri Char who possess these lands. They sustain on agriculture.
There have also been exchange of firing between India and Bangladesh over the dispute of Muhuri Char from 1965 to 2003.
A meeting is reportedly scheduled to take place at Dhaka between India and Bangladesh to resolve the convoluted issue.
Shilajit Kar Bhowmik