BSF again assures zero-killing at Bangladesh border!

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India’s Border Security Force (BSF) hold a formal meeting at BGB’s Pillkhana Headquarters in the capital yesterday. Photo: Focus Bangla

Indian Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh have agreed to exercise restraint in shooting intruders, said Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday.

He said this after a meeting with BGB chief Maj Gen Anwar Hossain and BSF Director General UK Bansal at the former’s Secretariat office in the afternoon. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran, among others, was present at the meeting.

The meeting was held as part of a four-day conference between the two forces that started around 10:00am yesterday at the BGB headquarters in the capital.

“This year, six people have been killed on the border, which is the lowest so far. We are trying to reduce the number to zero. Both the countries have agreed not to let militants and separatists use their land,” said the home minister.

The killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who are hiding out in India, will be identified and India will take action against them, he added.

About Anup Chetia, the United Liberation Front of Asom leader detained in Bangladesh, Alamgir said he will be deported to India as soon as the legal procedures are finished.

Anup Chetia was arrested on December 21, 1997 in the capital’s Mohammadpur. He had been charged with intrusion into Bangladesh territory using a fake passport and illegal possession of currencies of 16 countries.

The BGB asked for 97 Bangladeshi criminals that took cover in India back, and handed over a list of the criminals to the Indian delegates, according to BGB sources.

The list was prepared with the help of different law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Bangladesh. Locations of many of the criminals were also mentioned, a BGB source said.

The Indian delegates expressed their concern over the flow of fake Indian notes in Bangladesh.

In the last two years, several gangs involved in the making of fake Indian notes have been arrested in Bangladesh. Some Pakistani nationals were in the gangs, the sources added.

BGB authorities identified over 70 factories of Phensedyl, a cough syrup banned in Bangladesh for its widespread abuse, in the Indian territory and demanded that BSF dismantle them.

The 22-member BSF delegation comprises representatives from home and foreign ministries while the 25-member Bangladeshi delegation consists of representatives from home and foreign ministries, Survey of Bangladesh, Joint Rivers Commission and Department of Narcotics Control.

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