Indo-Bangla border talks begin in Guwahati tomorrow

Border killings to be high on agenda

Staff Correspondent

21 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The five-day director general-level border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will begin in Guwahati of the neighbouring country tomorrow (Tuesday).

BGB Director General (DG) Major General Md Shafeenul Islam will lead an 11-member Bangladesh delegation while BSF DG Rakesh Asthana a 12-man Indian side at the 51st conference.

The Bangladesh delegation also includes representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, and Home and Foreign Affairs ministries.

Different issues, including firing at unarmed Bangladeshi citizens and shooting them to death along the border, smuggling of drugs, information-sharing about drug factories inside India as well as drug peddlers, smuggling of arms and ammunition, illegal trespassing along the international border, development work within 150 yards of the border and other development work on the Bangladesh part that remained halted will be high on the agenda.

The implementation of the river bank conservation work in the border areas of both the countries, making necessary arrangements for obtaining permission to use the Indian part of the Padma River to facilitate the movement of local people in Char Mazardia and Char Khanpur areas along Rajshahi border, exchange of information on the possible locations and activities of armed terrorist and regional separatist groups within the Indian border will also come up for discussion at the conference.

Besides, there will be talks on effective implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) for quick solution of border problems and ensure border management and various initiatives to enhance mutual trust and friendship will be discussed.  

Meanwhile, our New Delhi correspondent adds that this is for the first time in four decades that the biannual conference between the border forces of the two countries will be held outside Delhi in India.

BSF sources said the aim of the DG-level talks, to be held close on the heels of the virtual summit between the prime ministers of the two countries when they directed two border forces to create an atmosphere of congeniality by reducing the killing of innocence citizens, is to discuss border-related issues and enable better coordination between both the border guarding forces.

The conference will focus on addressing and streamlining mechanisms on how to jointly curb various trans-border crimes and timely sharing of information between both the border forces, according to an Indian official statement released on Sunday.

The conference will sign a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD) on December 25 and the Bangladesh delegation will return home on December 26.