B`desh disappointed over cross-border firing
Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 00:44
Dhaka: Bangladesh on Saturday expressed "disappointment" over an alleged recent remark by the chief of Indian BSF that it would not be possible to totally stop firing by security forces as long the criminal activities continued to take place along the Indo-Bangla border.

The foreign ministry in a statement said the remarks of the BSF chief were "markedly at variance" with the Indian assurances made several occasions earlier at different official levels.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes with disappointment that the remarks of the DG, BSF are markedly at variance with the assurances given to Bangladesh at various levels, including at the highest level, on several occasions," read the statement.

BSF Director General U K Bansal in an interview to BBC Bengali Service on February 8 reportedly said it would not be possible to totally stop firing so long the criminal activities continued to take place at the India-Bangladesh border.

The cross-border firing between Indian and Bangladeshi forces has been a key part of the agenda during talks between the heads of the two countries' border guards amid pledges to scale back confrontations.

Paramilitary forces from the two countries often exchange gunfire along their troubled 4,000-kilometre border, much of which has been fenced by India.

In the past, India has dismissed such allegations, saying most of those caught in the cross-border firing in the "dark of night" are terrorists, smugglers and criminals who are seeking to move across the international frontier.

India has asked Bangladesh to "sensitise" its people to follow legal routes for crossing their porous frontier which has been used for drug smuggling and extremist and terrorist activities.

Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman on Wednesday said alleged "killing" of Bangladeshi nationals along the border would be taken to the United Nations.


First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 00:44

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