Top level BGB-BSF confce on Aug 31
Dhaka to vent concern over continued killings on borderMuktadir Rashid
The meeting between the director generals of Bangladesh and Indian border guards will begin in Dhaka on August 31, officials said.
In the meeting, the Bangladesh side will express its concern about all types of border-related killings that had taken place especially since the last DG-level meeting was held in New Delhi in March.
The flag meeting between the Border Guard Bangladesh and India’s Border Security Force will continue till September 5 in the BGB Peelkhana headquarters, the officials said, adding that the officials concerned had started working out the agenda.
BGB director general Major General Aziz Ahmed told New Age that apart from other issues, ‘border killings will figure prominently in the talks.’
Despite repeated assurances, BSF is yet to stop the border violence, the BGB chief said.
BSF has killed 15 Bangladeshi citizens between March and July this year, according to rights watchdog Odhikar.
The BGB statistics show the BSF had killed 214 Bangladeshis and wounded 323 others between January 2009 and June 2013.
Major General Aziz will lead a 19-member Bangladesh team and BSF director general Subhash Joshi will head a 24-member Indian team in the border talks.
The BGB delegation includes its deputy director general (operation and training) and four regional commanders, and officials of the BGB headquarters, ministries of home and foreign affairs, Land Records and Survey and the Joint River Commission.
The BSF delegation includes senior officials of the BSF headquarters, frontier inspectors general, union internal and external affair ministry
The two sides will hold bilateral discussion on September 1, and the Indian team will go for a visit to Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and the hill district of Bandarban between September 2 and September 4, the BGB officials said.
Another BGB official said conclusion of the talks would mark the signing of a joint record of discussions on September 5.
Quite a number of issues will come up for discussion for increasing cooperation between the border guards, the official said.
The border forces would try to find ways to stop killings and injuries in the frontiers and smuggling of arms and narcotic substances in line with the Coordinated Border Management Plan which was signed on July 30, 2011.
Such meetings take place twice a year, one in Dhaka and another in New Delhi.
Odhikar reported that the BSF had now resorted to the medieval practice in killing Bangladeshis, by stoning and stabbing, and striking them with rifle butts or running speeding boats over them.
Five Indian states — West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam and Tripura — share a 2,429 miles of border stretch with Bangladesh.
Dhaka again will hand over a list of factories in Indian territory that continued producing codeine syrup Phensedyl which were smuggled into Bangladesh endangering the health of the youth.
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