BSF, BDR agree to increase mutual cooperation
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:30
New Delhi: Border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh on Thursday agreed to increase mutual cooperation in restricting the cross-border movement of "criminals" while ensuring that innocent people are not killed on the frontier.

Bangladesh also promised action against the Indian insurgents who may be operating from its soil, a list of whom was handed over to it by India, BSF Director General Raman Srivastava said.

The BDR is trying to ascertain the presence of these insurgents on their side of the border, he said after signing a joint record of discussions with Bangladesh Rifles DG Major General Mainul Islam, who is on a four-day visit here.

Islam, who is leading a 19-member delegation, assured that the territory of Bangladesh will not be used for terrorist activities against any country.

Srivastava also said while "criminals" who violate curfew imposed at night on the border need to be restricted, "we have agreed to ensure that no innocent civilian is shot by the troops. We have no reason for fire at innocent civilians."

The chiefs also agreed to ensure that the spirit of the India-Bangladesh joint statement issued during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to New Delhi in January this year percolates down to ground level forces on the border.

Islam said he has given to BSF the draft of a joint border management plan, which has been cleared by his government, to ensure better coordination between the two forces.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:30

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