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‘No construction inside 150 yards of border without prior info’

26 Dec 2020 11:06, Somoy English Desk
‘No construction inside 150 yards of border without prior info’
‘No construction inside 150 yards of border without prior info’

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India have agreed not to carry out any development work inside 150 yards of the border without informing each other.

The decision was revealed in a joint statement issued on Friday during the five-day 51st BGB-BSF talks which began at Guwahati, India on December 22.

Members of both BGB and BSF will increase surveillance in vulnerable areas along the Bangladesh-India border to reduce the border killings to zero.

The 11-member Bangladesh delegation, including representatives of the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended the conference led by BGB DG Major General Md Shafeenul Islam.

The 12-person BSF delegation was led by BSF chief Rakesh Asthana.

At the border talks, the BSF director general expressed satisfaction over the excellent cooperation and friendly relations between the two border guarding forces and hoped that the cooperation will continue to grow in future.

The BGB chief thanked his Indian counterpart for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to the Bangladesh delegation.

Expressing satisfaction over the coordinated efforts of BGB and BSF in maintaining peace and tranquility along the border, Major General Shafeenul stressed the need for effective implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP).

He voiced his grave concern over the killing, injuring and beating of unarmed Bangladeshi nationals either by BSF or Indian nationals or miscreants along the border.

The BGB director general stated that people of Bangladesh always appreciate the existing excellent relationship between the two border guarding forces and expect that BGB and BSF will take necessary measures to bring down the death cases to zero.

He also called for upholding the human rights and making all-out efforts to apprehend criminals and bring them under the law of the land instead of killing them.

In response, the BSF chief assured that the death incidents along the border will be reduced significantly in near future.

Both sides agreed to conduct joint night patrols in vulnerable areas of the border as part of a more effective initiative to reduce border killings to zero.

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