The three-day BSF-BGB regional conference culminated on Monday with the signing of Joint Record of Discussion as the meeting deliberate on Security related issues and action against Indian Insurgents groups (IIGs) taking shelter in Bangladesh beside others.
From BSF, the document was signed by Susanta Kumar Nath, IG BSF Tripura Frontier, and for BGB, it was Tanveer Gani Chowdhury, Additional Director General, Region Commander of the South East Region Chattogram.
The visiting Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) delegation has assured that it has zero tolerance towards insurgent activities, arms smuggling, and drug and human trafficking along the international border with India.
”We have zero tolerance towards insurgent activities, smuggling of firearms and explosives, and trafficking of humans and drugs. Some border-related issues have been discussed in depth and efforts will be taken to curb trans-border crimes, “Tanveer Gani Choudhury” said.
On the other hand, the BSF provided facts and figures to the BGB list containing details of hideout camps of IIGs based in Bangladesh, a list of BD criminals involved in fence breaching, assaults on BSF and Indian nationals, cattle smugglers, FICN racketeers, Bangladeshi traffickers and touts involved in drug trafficking, human trafficking, and sympathisers of Indian insurgents in Bangladesh were handed over to the BGB.
IG BSF requested Region Commander BGB to take effective measures to stop illegal migration of BD nationals, prevent trans-border crimes and take stringent action against IIGs whose camps still exist in Bangladesh.
BSF Inspector General, Tripura Frontier, S K Nath, who led the Indian delegation, said, “Security-related issues were discussed and a list of insurgent groups from Meghalaya and Tripura taking shelter in Bangladesh was handed over to the BGB with a request to take action against those militants.” While the BGB claimed that there was no permanent camp of such armed groups in Bangladesh, it said that these insurgents might have taken shelter among their sympathisers in the neighbouring country.
The agenda points discussed during the meeting mainly focused on concerns of both the border guarding forces and the movement of insurgents, human trafficking, drugs, fake currency, and arms smuggling, which need greater cooperation, understanding, and synergy to make the lives of the border population secure. The BSF emphasised the BD criminals’ attacks and assaults on BSF personnel and unarmed Indian civilians, as well as other provocative actions. Besides the following points, the meeting also discussed issues like trans-border crimes like smuggling of forest agrio products, drugs and narcotics cattle.
Joint efforts for the prevention of smuggling of FICN and illegal migration/infiltration by Bangladeshi nationals.
Confidence building measures to improve relations between the two border guarding forces.
Border Guards Bangladesh delegation mainly emphasised the firing on Bangladesh nationals by Indian nationals/BSF. Kidnapping/ apprehension of Bangladeshi nationals, illegal trespassing by Indian nationals into Bangladesh territory, smuggling of various types of drugs/narcotics from India to Bangladesh.
The BSF stated that the BSF, along with Indian nationals, are exercising maximum restraint and will only use force in self-defense as a last resort. It was also mentioned that border security force (BSF) personnel are now using non-lethal weapons like pump-action guns along the Indo- Bangla border, which has resulted in a considerable change in the environment on the border. Apart from that, various developmental issues along the international border were also discussed.
Both the Border Guarding Forces agreed to look into each other’s perspective on border problems with an open mind and to increase the sharing of actionable intelligence to curb trans-border crimes and to have a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere along the international border. The next coordination conference will be held in Bangladesh.