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16 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 June, 2019 02:02:04 AM
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BGB-BSF DG-level talks

BSF DG worried over rise in border killings

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

The directors-general (DGs) of the Border Guard Bangladesh and the Border Security Force (BSF) of India have decided to enhance vigilance on the border to prevent illegal cross-border movement of people of any country, especially the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals known as Rohingyas.

Of a total of eight decisions, this was decided at the four-day-long 48th DG-level talks between the BGB and BSF, which ended in Dhaka yesterday (Saturday).

At a briefing after the talks, the BSF DG, Rajni Kant Mishra, expressed his concern over increased border killings by his force. He gave an assurance that they will look into the matter, though he termed the killings “unexpected deaths”.

The BSF DG claimed that only one Bangladeshi national had been killed by the BSF

and six Indian civilians had been killed last year. However, according to the statistics of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 15 Bangladeshi citizens were killed by the BSF at the Indo-Bangladesh border last year.

At the talks, the BGB DG, Maj. Gen. Shafeenul Islam, expressed his deep concern over the increasing number of deaths of Bangladeshi nationals at the border.

He urged his counterpart to reduce the killings to zero and the BSF DG assured that they were doing their best to stop the killings at the border.

The BSF DG admitted that yaba tablets, the madness drug, were being smuggled from India, but he also claimed that the source of the smuggled yaba was a third country, not India.

About the improvement in the Falani murder case, the BSF DG disclosed that the case is now under trial. When asked when the trial in the sensational murder case would be completed, the DG of the BSF replied: “It is a matter of the court.”

According to the press release issued by the BGB yesterday (Saturday), the BSF’s DG appreciated the cooperation extended by the BGB and other security forces of Bangladesh in respect of Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) and sought further cooperation from the BGB to ensure the destruction of the reported hideouts of IIGs in Bangladesh.

The DG of the BGB mentioned that Bangladesh does not allow her soil to be used by any entity or element hostile to any country and assured all possible help, the release added.

Both sides agreed to take effective steps to prevent the smuggling of arms, ammunition, explosives, drugs, gold and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) across the border, according to the release.

In the parleys, both sides agreed to declare new areas as Crime-Free Zones in phases. The proposed area within the Sarail Region/Tripura Frontier might be formalised in the first phase.

The talks also decided to hold the next DG-level conference at New Delhi, preferably within the last week of October to the first week of November 2019.

A 10-member BSF delegation, led by Rajni Kant Mishra of the Indian Police Service (IPS), attended the DG-level talks of the BGB and BSF. A 19-member delegation of the BGB was led by its DG, Maj. Gen. Md Shafeenul Islam. The talks began on Wednesday.

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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