BSF Chief reviewed security scenario in NE

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Shillong, Aug 31 (UNI) Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Ashish Kumar Mitra today reviewed the overall security scenario in the North Eastern states after meeting his Bangladesh counterpart.

Mr Mitra who arrived here to review the situation had also meeting with senior BSF officials of the Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland (AM&N) Frontier folowing his recent meeting with Bangladesh Rifles Chief Maj. Gen. Shakil Ahmed in Dhaka.

"Mr Mitra reviewed the security situation in the North East and briefed us about his meeting in Dhaka,'' Inspector General of BSF PK Mishra said.

The BSF Chief had described his recent meeting with the BDR officials a ''successful one'' after he had been assured by Dhaka to cooperate with India to dismantle training camps of Indian militants.

The BDR Chief had offered Mr Mitra a joint verification of the insurgent camps based on the pinpointed location provided by India.

Both India and Bangladesh had agreed to improved relationship between the border guards of the two neighbouring countries, burying some bitter disputes of recent times.

Ever since the army-backed interim government of Bangladesh took charge, Indian officials have praised Dhaka for taking some action against the North East-based rebel groups hiding in Bangladesh, even as they (BSF) admitted the existence of such (Indian militants) camps.

During his meeting with the BDR Chief, Mr Mitra handed over to Dhaka a list of 110 insurgent camps, including those of ULFA, NSCN (I-M), NDFB, NLFT and other banned Indian outfits - operating from Bangladeshi territory, complete with their addresses.

The BSF Chief also presented Maj. Gen. Ahmed with a list of 263 Bangladesh-based fugitives wanted for crimes in India. These include Ulfa's 'Chairman' Arabinda Rajakhowa, 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah and extradition of jailed Anup Chetia and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami terrorists involved in terror attacks in India.

India and Bangladesh share a vast stretch of porous border making it difficult for authorities to check infiltration.

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