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BGB-BSF border confce begins in Dhaka

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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A five-day director general-level conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India began in the capital on Sunday.

BGB Director General (DG) Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed is leading a 20-member Bangladesh delegation while BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh a nine-member Indian team at the conference being held at the BGB headquarters.

The other Bangladesh team members include BGB’s additional director general, its senior officers and representatives from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), home ministry, foreign ministry, Joint River Commission, Department of Narcotics Control and Directorate of Land Record and Survey.

The Indian team is comprised of senior officials of BSF, home ministry and external affairs ministry.

Border killing, illegal trespass, smuggling of arms, ammunition and drugs, various border crimes including trafficking of women and children, development work within 150 yards of the border, riverbank conservation along the frontier, immediate exchange of information regarding the activities of various armed extremist-terrorist organisations/groups and taking

joint initiatives to implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) are high on the agenda.

In addition to boosting the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, there will be fruitful discussion on various issues and ways of increasing mutual trust between the border forces of the two countries.

Preventing the illegal entry of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (FDMNs) into Bangladesh from India is also scheduled to come up for discussion.

On the occasion of the conference, the Indian delegation will visit the Padma Bridge, a symbol of Bangladesh’s dignity and capability, and various places of interest in Cox’s Bazar as part of strengthening the bilateral relations and enhancing cordiality.

Nupur Singh, wife of BSF director general and president of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), arrived in Bangladesh along with representatives of their organisation on the occasion.

Nupur Singh is participating in various events being organised by Simanto Paribar Kalyan Samiti (SHIPKS), Simanto Officers Ladies Club and Children’s Club apart from exchanging views with Dr Shahnaz Shakil, wife of BGB director general and chief patron of SHIPKS.

The Indian delegation, led by the BSF chief, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the morning when the BGB chief along with his wife welcomed them.

The border conference will end on Thursday with the signing of the Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) and the Indian delegation will leave Dhaka on the same day.