BGB, BSF agree to bring border killing to zero

Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi

8 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: The border guards of Bangladesh and India at a meeting agreed to bring down casualties along the border to zero.

The meeting ended in a joint resolution signed by the heads of two forces in New Delhi on Friday.

The issue was included in the resolution as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) director general stressed the need for bringing down casualties along the border to zero level. The Border Security Force (BSF) boss said they use non-lethal weapons on the borders, with utmost restraint and minimum possible force, even in the face of dangerous assaults by armed criminals.

The BSF chief also said there has not been any border killing in last one year. 

Reiterating the need for joint efforts, both sides agreed to take preventive measures against illegal border crossing and human trafficking.

Both the delegations further agreed to aid victims of human trafficking and facilitate their early rescue and rehabilitation as per the laws.

To prevent illegal infiltration into the North Eastern States, particularly Assam, the two forces agreed that willful violation of the sanctity of the International Border would be dealt with legally and inadvertent crossers would be handed over to the border guards concerned immediately.

These decisions were enumerated in a Joint Record of Discussions signed by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) director general Md Shafeenul Islam and Border Security Force (BSF) director general KK Sharma at the end of the 47th Border Co-ordination Conference.

Regarding the extradition of wanted militants mainly from the North Eastern States of India, BGB director general said there is no Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) hideout inside Bangladesh. He also reiterated that Bangladesh does not allow its soil to be used by any entities or elements hostile to any country.

He appreciated the efforts of BGB and other security forces of Bangladesh against smuggling of fake currency note and sought further cooperation in detecting such units in Bangladesh and prosecution of the criminals.

The BGB director general said law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh are taking actions against fake currency notes gangs and the authorities have already placed fake currency detecting machines in all integrated check posts (ICPs) and many other places across the country.

Both sides appreciated each other’s efforts to curb the smuggling of fake Indian currency notes into India and smuggling of phensedyl and other psychotropic substances to Bangladesh and pledged to continue the joint efforts in this regard.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress in the approval of almost all pending developmental works.

Heads of two forces lauded the results of crime-free-zones introduced in south Bengal frontier and south-west region and agreed for its further expansion in other frontiers.

Both sides appreciated the efforts made to improve mutual relations through various agreed upon confidence-building measures (CBMs).

BGB and BSF agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the conference. It was decided that the next DG-level conference would be held in Dhaka in March-April next year.

There is no large-scale infiltration or migration of people from Bangladesh into India as the Bangladeshi people now enjoy a very good life and the few who cross the border do that due to old cultural and family ties, said the BGB boss.

“There is no large-scale infiltration from Bangladesh. As you know that Bangladesh’s GDP growth soared to 7.1 per cent and the quality of life has significantly improved. So there is hardly any migration in an organised way or in large-scale,” Islam told reporters at a BSF camp here.

He held a press conference with his counterpart BSF Director General (DG) K K Sharma at the end of a six-day visit and bi-annual meeting between the two border forces.