Guwahati, July 21: The 52nd Director General level coordination conference between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) which was held in Dhaka from July 17 to 21, focused on curbing trans-border crimes and taking all necessary measures to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border.
The Indian delegation was headed by Shri Pankaj Kumar Singh, DG BSF and the Bangladesh delegation was headed by DG BGB Major General Shakil Ahmed. The DG level talks between India and Bangladesh are held twice every year – once in India and once in Bangladesh.
In regards to trans-border insurgent groups/suspected camps both sides agreed to show zero tolerance towards any such groups/activities and take concurrent action in respective borders based on real time information.
After thorough discussion both the sides jointly agreed to implement the decision of the conference at the ground level in true spirit.
Both sides agreed to undertake joint efforts to curb trans-border crime by adopting extra precautionary measures such as increasing Coordinated Patrols, enhancing vigilance and sincere commitments
Both sides highlighted the importance of Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) in curbing the menace of smuggling contrabands, such as, various narcotics (especially YABA), firearms, FICN, gold etc., and agreed to remain cautious and steadfast to stop smuggling through sharing of real time information and active anti-smuggling efforts.
Both sides agreed to take effective steps to continue to sensitize the border populace to refrain from Violation of IB/Illegal crossing/Intrusion, smuggling, human trafficking, uprooting Border Pillars and other trans-border crimes.
Both sides mutually agreed to constructively engage the respective higher authorities for concurrence of the pending developmental work within 150 yards of IB.
Both sides also agreed to facilitate river bank protection works along the common bordering rivers as approved by the Joint River Commission based on mutual consensus and without unnecessary hindrance.
Both sides also agreed to follow the laid down procedure and geographic/demographic realities on ground while erecting Single Row Fence. Both sides agreed to work out a modality of the nodal officer level engagements within the soonest possible time- frame based on the guidelines of respective higher authorities, so that the pending developmental works can move forward.