India-Bangladesh to discuss bilateral border issues

New Delhi, Sep 25: India and Bangladesh will discuss issues related to cross-border terror activities and effective patrolling of frontiers as top officers of border guarding forces of both countries begin their six-day meeting in Dhaka from Sep 25.

A 21-member delegation led by Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava on Sep 25 will leave for the Bangladeshi capital.

The visit assumes significance as it comes after recent official trips of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram where important security issues were discussed between the leaders of both the sides.

The Indian delegation will meet the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) top officials led by its chief Major General Anwar Hussain and discuss issues like presence of Indian insurgent groups in that country and their deportation.

"The two forces will also take up joint efforts for prevention of smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and illegal migration and trafficking of women and children," a senior BSF officer said.

The forces will also take stock of their recent joint decision to deploy non-lethal weapons and granting of free access to Bangladeshi nationals in the ''teen-bigha'' corridor along the Indo-Bangla border.

Both the forces are also expected to mutually hand over a list of militant hideouts in their respective regions, the official said.

A joint memorandum will be signed by them on the last day of the meeting on Sep 30.

BSF and BGB man the the 4,096km-long India-Bangladesh border and the last DG-level talks between the forces were held in Delhi in March this year.


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