Measures to prevent Indo-Bangla border smuggling stressed

DG-level talks held

Staff Correspondent

1 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh and Indian Customs and Revenue Intelligences will work together to prevent border smuggling.

High officials from Bangladesh Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) and Indian Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) expressed their willingness at two-day long DG level talks between Bangladesh and Indian Customs Intelligences at a city hotel on Sunday.

“In the interest of both countries we want to facilitate the general traders and work together to curb the main line of smuggling” said Debi Prasad Dash, Chief Director General of Indian Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

He said that the border based smuggling prevention can’t be possible by single country, it required cooperation and support from agencies from cross border countries.

“Smuggling across the Bangladesh – Indian borders a regular phenomenon— that has been a significant number of cases including smuggling of gold, fake Indian currency, drugs and commercial goods etc”.

He also hoped the DG level talks will help them to institutionalise the relation for discuss issues related to enforcement and cooperation among both agencies.

NBR member Khandakar Aminur Rahman said we will exchange the documents of import and export in five items with India threshold of US$15000.

DRI Chief Director General Debi Prasad Dash lead the eight-member delegation team.

Other members of the delegation team are — Chief Additional DG Bandana Deori, Chief Custom Commissioner Dip Shekhar, Additional DG Dipankar Arun, First secretary of Indian High Commission to Kathmandu Prabhjeet Singh Gulati, Deputy Director Rakesh Dahiya, Deputy Director Swati Bhanwala and a representative of Indian foreign ministry.

Thirteen-member delegation team of Bangladesh, including CIID DG Dr Sahidul Islam, Additional Director General Abdul Hakim, Additional Commissioner of Rangpur Customs Abdul Mannan Sardar and Additional DG Shamima Akter joined the discussion.