BSF, BDR agree to increase mutual cooperation

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.

PTI



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