India's Director General of Border Security, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, visited the Bangladesh border on Sunday?
India's Director General of Border Security, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, visited the Bangladesh border on Sunday (16 May) as thousands of Bangladesh people marched towards the border to protest against a diversion of the Ganges River by India.
Mr. Kumar and officers of the Indian army, toured the border post at Sona Masjid in the Rajshahi district, where Mr. Kumar conferred with Captain Ansari of the Bangladesh Border Rifles.
About 300,000 people were marching to the border from Northwest Bangladesh to protest against the diversion of the river at Farraka, by India. The marchers were led by 90 year-old Bangladesh politician Moulana Bhashani. Bangladesh claims the diversion is affecting its irrigated farms and river navigation.
India said its border forces would stop the marchers if they tried to cross.
But the tension was eased when Mr. Bhashani called off the march at 4 p.m. local time on Monday (17 May). At the time the marchers were only 12 miles (20 kms) from the border.
India built the dam, known as the Farraka barrage, on the Ganges just inside its territory, in order to divert waters into the river Hooghly and flush the silted-up Calcutta port.