Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Major General Shafeenul Islam on Monday said BGB will deploy as much force as possible to maintain law and order across the country during the upcoming national elections.
“For this, we will keep all the training processes shut, no officials will be allowed to take leave except in emergencies, all the other workloads will be minimised,” he added.BGB DG made the remakes during a press conference at the BGB headquarters on Monday.
He said, “Two border forces are working to bring down border killing to zero level. A total 71 people were killed in 2001, 60 people in 2010, 45 people in 2015, 31 people in 2016, 22 people in 2017 and one was killed till September this year.”
He hoped that the incident will be brought down to zero.
“BGB plans to increase the ‘Free Crime Zone’ on the border. Earlier, a free crime zone was announced on Jessore border. In phases, this zone will be extended to a few other borders” he added.
BGB Director General said that more than 12 thousand joint patrols have been provided with Indian Border Security Force (BSF). Myanmar border forces have been jointly patrolled with the BGB two thousand times.
“Some of our remote boarding areas are porous. Attempts to bring them under the BOP are going on” he added.BGB DG said “BGB is trying to stop the shipment of yaba. But shipment is entering the country in various ways. Businessmen are constantly changing the strategy. But we are still catching them.”
He further said, “Due to demand, drug trafficking increased. We have done various awareness programme with the bordering people.”
BGB Director General said that 23,520 awareness programme have been made so far.
During the election time, BGB is ready to protect the internal law and order. At that time, BGB sought cooperation from India and Myanmar border guards.
While asked about arms smuggling through porous border centring the national polls, the BGB official said “We have been giving extra effort for the last three months to stop illegal arms smuggling through the border.”