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BSF-BDR talks on border issues held

 SHILLONG, Nov 22 – BSF has asked its counterparts in Bangladesh to take action against hideouts of Indian insurgent groups and urged for Bangladesh’s approval for construction of single row fence within 150 yards at the border to prevent trans-border crimes, an official said.

BSF chiefs of Meghalaya, Assam, and Tripura Frontiers have jointly made the request to Bangladesh Border Guards’s Additional Director General (Northeastern region) Brigadier General Mohammad Latiful Haider, at the Border Co-ordination Meeting of the two forces held at Tamabil on Sylhet-Meghalaya border, Bangladesh.

“We have strongly conveyed to the BGB especially on security-related issues particularly about presence of Indian insurgent groups like the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and HNLC of Meghalaya, Assam’s ULFA and NDFB, and Tripura’s NLFT in Bangladesh territory,” Sudesh Kumar, Meghalaya Frontier IG, said.

Kumar, who led a 20-member contingent, also discussed issues pertaining to construction of a single row fence within 150 yards from international border for obtaining clearance from Bangladesh Government.

The commission of trans-border crimes like smuggling of fake currency notes, forest produce and cattle, etc., committed by Bangladeshi nationals inside Indian territory was also discussed, a release from the BSF said.

On the other hand, Bangladesh border officials have urged their Indian counterparts for strict use of non-lethal weapons to reduce border killings significantly to which the BSF refuted the allegations citing such killings (if any) was in self-defence.

“We have also requested the BGB authorities to discourage Bangladesh nationals from crossing the international boundary in order to avoid any confrontation with border population and maintain peace and tranquillity at the border,” Kumar said. – PTI

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