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Moratorium on border killings urged
BGB-BSF meet begins in Khulna
Publish Date : 2014-11-12,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 110
Saleem Samad with Zahid Hossain in Khulna and Sardar Abbas in Sylhet
Bangladesh's senior border officials at border talks in Khulna with Indian border guards on Tuesday  raised  concern over recent border killings.
The officials urged for moratorium on border killings and finding means to reduce deaths of innocent border residents, which was earlier agreed in bilateral talks in Delhi.
The four-day high level border talks began to discuss key issues of border management and other crucial issues like terrorism and border crimes.
The meeting also focused on arms and drug smuggling, terrorism, circulation of fake currency notes and border crimes, BGB officials told journalists in Khulna.
In a joint statement issued last evening agreed on broad 7-point  issues, including joint border patrols, especially in the night, when most of the cross-border illegal trade and human trafficking occur.
Both the border guards officials in principle agreed to share intelligence information to ensure effective border management.
Appreciating Bangladesh security forces who in the recent past have seized huge fake Indian currencies and arrested a large number of people involved in circulating the fake currencies, the Indian officials sought more information about the fake currencies, an official said.
A 19-member Bangladesh delegation at the border talk was led by BGB's Additional Director General (north-eastern region) Brigadier General Mohammad Latiful Haider, while the 18-member Indian delegation was led by BSF IG Sanjiv Krishnan Sood.
The meeting was also attended by officials from Department of Narcotics Control, Home Affairs Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Bangladesh-India Joint River Commission and Geological Survey of Bangladesh.
Meanwhile,  BGB Director General Major General Aziz Ahmed told The Daily Observer on Tuesday afternoon that the regional border talks are a regular phenomenon and the border officials of two countries will take stock of the progress and efforts needed to implement the resolution and decisions made at bilateral border talks in the capitals of two neighbouring countries.
He said the two bilateral meetings are held twice a year at Dhaka and New Delhi and joint statements are issued, which is an understanding of the critical border management issues.
He said the border guards of two neighbours organise coordinated patrolling along the border and the meeting would discuss about strengthening joint patrols in the sensitive and porous borders, General Ahmed said.
"The second round of the North-West Region border talks would be held on November 17 at Tamabil, Sylhet," BGB sector commander Lt. Col Jamal Mahmud told The Daily Observer.

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