Relations between India and Bangladesh have reached an all-time low since India's insistence on building a fence round the province of Assam.
GV Demonstrators march towards Indian High Commission
GV & SV Indian High Commission building (3 shots)
GVs Police controlling demonstrators; demonstrators with placards (3 shots)
BHAWALKURI BORDER AREA;
SV PAN FROM Bangladesh military commander pointing TO Indian observation tower (2 shots)
SV Bangladesh soldiers in bunker (2 shots)
GV & GVs PAN Bangladesh commander approaches border carrying blue flag and Indian soldiers watch from behind border line of posts erected by Indians (3 shots)
GV & SVs Bangladesh soldiers watching as their commander approaches Indian sergeant; the two talk (4 shots)
SVs Bangladesh soldiers with weapons at the ready (3 shots)
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Background: Relations between India and Bangladesh have reached an all-time low since India's insistence on building a fence round the province of Assam. Sporadic clashes between border troops have left several people dead and wounded on both sides of the dividing line. A guideline signed in 1975 between the two countries stated that neither would take defensive measures of any kind within 150 metres (yards) of the frontier. The Indian Home Minister, Mr P.C. Sethi, denies that the fencing is part of a defensive structure and says it is not a breach of the 1975 agreement. Both sides are at combat readiness, and Bangladesh President Hossain Mohammad Ershad says the latest border incident is a threat to his country's sovereignty. India says the fence is designed to stop illegal immigration of Bangladeshis into the oil producing state of Assam. Hundreds of demonstrators have marched on the Indian High Commission in Dhaka in protest at the move, and troops on both sides of the border are in a state of alert.