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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 March, 2019 02:26:14 AM
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BGB eyes new devices at borders to scan luggage

DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
BGB eyes new devices at borders to scan luggage

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) is keen to set up six digital devices equipped with Mobile Mechanized Inspection Systems (MIS) at border areas to search the luggage of international passengers to put a stop to arms, ammunitions and drugs being smuggled into the country.

The BGB authorities already sent a proposal in this regard to the home ministry, sources in the BGB said.

After getting approval from the home ministry, the BGB authorities will invite a tender for purchasing the digital security devices, the sources added.

The BGB is going to set up the new digital security devices at border points

at a time when the government has started special drives across the country to stop smuggling of drugs. especially yaba, to build a drug-free Bangladesh.

Additional director general (Ops) of BGB, Brig. Gen. Khondoker Farid Hassan, told The Independent that the new devices would be set up at the force’s five regional headquarters—the southwest region, northwest region, northeast region, southeast region, Ramu region known as Cox’s Bazar region and the Dhaka Sector—to curb smuggling of firearms, ammunition, drugs and other contraband items into the country.

“It is very difficult to search the luggage of international passengers in different border-checking points and passenger vehicles. If we use the MIS to scan their luggage, the passengers would not face any harassment. It'll also save valuable time,” he said.

The BGB's proposal says: “A number of passengers and vehicles have been entering Bangladesh territory through the borders with all neighbouring countries, especilly India. Members of the border force manually go through the luggage of any suspected passenger. They also search each and every vehicle manually.

And that’s why, sometimes, the passengers feel disgusted. Moreover, it's a time-consuming process, which also creates traffic tailbacks on highways. Sometimes, BGB members fail to detect smuggled items due to non-availability of digital devices for checking the luggage.”

“Lack of any digital device to scan the luggage can be costly. Arms and drugs being smuggled into the country thretean the internal law and order situation as well as social security,” the proposal states.

“The six digital devices equipped with MIS would be included in the force’s organogramme,” the proposal adds.

The paramilitary force has recently introduced ‘Border Surveillance and Response Systems (BSRS)’, the country's first integrated surveillance network, on an 8.3-km stretch of the border with India at Patukhali of Benapole to help curb smuggling and human trafficking. Various modern surveillance equipment, including thermal cameras, high-end CCTV cameras, radars and different types of sensory devices, are incorporated in the BSRS.

At present, at least 399 km of the Indo-Bangla border has been identified as high-risk areas.

The BGB is entrusted with the responsibility of defending 4,427 km of border with neighbouring countries.

 

 

 

 

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