Bangladesh Rifles, BSF to maintain utmost restraint along border

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Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNI) Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) today concluded the Director General level border conference here agreeing to show utmost restraint and not to open fire on trespassers in daytime.

BSF chief AK Mitra and BDR Chief Major General Shakil Ahmed noted that trespassers should be arrested instead of shooting them down.

The 5-day border conference that ended after signing a joint record of discussion at the BDR HQs reached consensus on handing over terrorists of their country and exchanging information about them.

''The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and we tried to understand each other positions and concerns,'' Mr Mitra told a press briefing after the conference.

In reply to a question he said three Bangladeshi criminals were already handed over to Bangladesh authorities and more criminals who are facing cases in Kolkata court will be handed over after the court's judgement.

The BDR handed over a list of 1,591 criminals while BSF's list consisted of 141 insurgent camps.

Asked if ULFA leader Anup Chetia would be handed over to the Indian authorities following the handing over of Bangladeshi criminals, the BDR chief said the matter did not come up at the conference since it is not the jurisdiction of the BDR and BSF.

Mr Mitra welcomed what he called the BDR's dismantling of two Indian ''insurgents'' camps in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts recently but the BDR chief refused to identify those as ''Indian insurgents'' camps.

The BDR chief said ''to the best of my knowledge there is no Indian insurgent camps in Bangladesh. We have conducted investigations earlier on the basis of Indian list but no such camp was found.'' Gen Ahmed said two bamboo made huts which were destroyed might have been used by local criminals, they did not belong to Indian insurgents.

Regarding undemarcation of 6.5kms common boundary, it was decided that the BSF Director General would request the Indian government to take effective steps to demarcate 6.5 kms boundary.

On unfettered access of Bangladeshi inhabitants of Dahagram and Angorepota in northern bangladesh through Indian Tin Bigha corridor, the BDR chief said they are contemplating to build a fly over connecting the two enclaves. It would be finalised with the approval of the two governments.

He reiterated Bangladesh's commitment to implementation of 1974 Mujib-Indira border agreement and 1975 Bangladesh-India border guidelines to resolve problems concerning construction of defense infrastructure, military barbed wire and installations.

The BDR chief hoped that the people in border areas would be living in more peaceful and tranquil environment in the wake of positive approach and decisions taken during the conference.

The BSF chief proposed regular meetings between the two border guards at the sector commander level.

The two sides agreed to take stern actions against smuggling of illegal arms, ammo, explosives, fake Indian currency and drugs.

UNI

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