New Delhi, Apr 12 (UNI) Bangladesh today categorically denied supporting insurgent groups operating in North East, saying the country cannot be secure if this region of India was insecure.
''A large number of insurgents are operating in North East India. They pose a grave security threat to Bangladesh,'' Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Major General Shakil Ahmed said here.
He was speaking to journalists after signing the Joint Record of Discussions with Border Security Force (BSF) Director General A K Mitra here this morning.
Maj Gen Ahmed said insurgency in North East India would result in a significant rise in criminal activities in Bangladesh.
''This will lead to huge trafficking of weapons and drugs.
The criminal activities will spread to Bangladesh. We do not want any such criminal activities on our territory.'' ''If India's North East is insecure, Bangladesh cannot be secure,'' he stressed.
Maj Gen Ahmed said Bangladesh does not support or condone terror activities in India.
The BDR Director General also ruled out existence of any terror training camps in Bangladesh. ''Bangladesh is a densely populated and well-policed country. It is impossible to run a militant camp in Bangladesh,'' he added.
At the five-day India-Bangladesh Border Coordination Conference which began here on April 7, New Delhi handed over to Dhaka a revised list of 117 hideouts of Indian insurgent groups in the neighbouring country.
Mr Mitra said the number of such terror camps and hideouts have decreased from the last meeting between the two forces. ''As per our information, there are 117 militant training camps in Bangladesh. This list is much lesser than the previous one. The figure has come down from 141 in the last meeting. Some camps have disappeared or stopped operations. But, this is subject to verification,'' he added.
Maj Gen Ahmed, who led a strong 21-member delegation from Bangladesh, also asserted that his country would not allow terrorists or criminals to use its soil for carrying out subversive activities against India.
''We wish to state it emphatically that we will not allow Bangladeshi territory to be used by forces (individuals or groups) inimical to India,'' he added.
At the Conference, the BSF raised the issue of terrorists using Bangladeshi soil for carrying out nefarious activities against India and pointed towards the involvement of militant groups, such as Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HUJI) and ULFA, which operate from there, in several terror acts, including bomb blasts in Uttar Pradesh.
The BDR Director General stressed the need for more cooperation in effective patrolling of the border and use of modern techniques to bring down the level of cross-border activities.
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