BDR invites BSF for joint crackdown on terror camps

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New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) As a conciliatory gesture, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has offered the BSF to join them in cracking down on ''terrorist training camps'' operating in their country.

Confirming this, BSF Director General A K Mitra said the offer came in response to India's handing over a list of 110 terrorist training camps operating there at the 28th border coordination conference that concluded in Dhaka yesterday.

''The BDR has consistently denied the presence of any such camps and in fact invited us to join them in tracking them down,'' he told mediapersons here.

Mr Mitra, however, said any such joint initiativeould only take off after getting clearance from the respective governments.

To a query, he said the information on camps were based on the intelligence inputs and could be proved wrong too.

He regretted that the BSF has not received much help from investigation agencies with regard to providing it information about wanted or arrested criminals of Bangladeshi origin. ''Rather, we get more information from the media than the investigative agencies,'' he quipped.

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