“We have handed over a list of 71 Indian insurgent camps which are still operating from the Bangladesh soil,” said Border Security Force (BSF) director general DK Pathak after a four–day Border Coordination Conference with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).
Appreciating the cooperation extended by the BGB against the insurgent groups based in Bangladesh, Pathak sought further cooperation from BGB for taking action against Indian insurgents and safe release of Indian nationals abducted by them.
“We can ensure that Bangladesh will never allow any anti–national activity from its soil,” said BGB chief Maj General Aziz Ahamed.
General Ahamed led a 20–member BGB delegation to New Delhi for the biannual border coordination conference whereas a 24–member BSF team was headed by its chief DK Pathak.
The BSF–BGB conference dwelt on several other critical issues including illegal migration and smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), gold, arms and cattle.
Ironically, the BGB chief said that there was no illegal migration from Bangladesh to India. “There may be a few illegal crossings here and there,” he remarked.
Referring to the border killing incidents, Maj General Ahamed said, “We appeal India to bring the border killing incident to the zero level.”
Highlighting the importance of coordinated border management plan (CBMP) in curbing the menace of trans–border crime like smuggling of drugs and narcotic substances, FICN, gold and cattle smuggling, both the DGs agreed for implementation of the CBMP in letter and spirit. They have also decided for vulnerability mapping every six months and exercising more vigil in maintaining sanctity of the international border in these vulnerable areas.
Both sides agreed to continue close cooperation including sharing of real–time intelligence more effectively in curbing all trans–border crimes.