Insurgency: India finds Bangladesh response disappointing

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) India was not getting desired cooperation from Bangladesh in fighting terrorism, infiltration and insurgency.

This was indicated by Home Minister Shivraj Patil while answering supplementaries during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha today.

India has been regularly exchanging information about terrorists and insurgents with Bangladesh, but unfortunately it has been getting only denials from them, the Minister said.

He said Bangladesh had also so far not responded to India's offer for signing a mutual legal assistance and an extradition treaty.

Mr Patil said the issue of insurgency, terrorism and infiltration had been discussed with Bangladesh at various levels and fora, including at the level of Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and even the Prime Minister.

The matter was discussed in the United Nations and SAARC fora and it was agreed by both the countries that they will exchange information, but so far no action has followed from their side, he said.

Answering a supplementary from BJP member Murli Manohar Joshi, Mr Patil said India had taken a number of steps to check infiltration from Bangladesh which include fencing of borders and installing electronic gadgets to ensure greater surveillance.

All these measures had resulted in reduction of infiltration, he added.

UNI

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