A two-day Bangladesh-India joint border meeting began on Sunday at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Dinajpur. On the first day it discussed several issues and disputes between two neighours with focus mainly on killing of Bangladesh along the frontier and infrastructure development by India at No Man's Land.
Meeting sources said smuggling of cattle and narcotics as well as human trafficking also featured prominently at the meeting. It was attended by the deputy commissioners, police superintendents and representatives of the border security forces of both countries.
An 11-member Indian delegation arrived on Saturday to participate in the joint border meeting aiming to identify and resolve issues that occur almost routinely along the porous border shared by Bangladesh and India - that often sours bilateral ties.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Dinajpur Sector sources said the Indian delegation which arrived through Hilly Land Port of Hakimpur upazila in Dinajpur on Saturday morning and lodged at local Parjatan Motel was taken around famous archaeological sites on Saturday afternoon.
Led by DM Taposh Chowdhury of India's South Dinajpur, the Indian team includes South Dinajpur Police Superintendent Shish Ram Jajaria, North Dinajpur DM Rondhir Kumar and Police Superintendent Syed Waqar, Malda DM Sharod K R and Police Superintendent Prasun Bandhapaddhay, Jalpaiguri DM Pritha Sarkar and Police Superintendent Akash Magharia, Darjeeling DM Anurag Srivashsar and Police Superintendent P Javalogi. Taposh said the agenda of the meeting was fixed by the foreign offices of the two countries.
Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner Mir Khairul Alam said in the joint meeting they discussed border shooting and killing, development of Hilly Land Port, accelerating trade and business, establishing border hats, handing over CS records and also twenty other subjects relating to land.
Alam said apart from DC Dinajpur, Police Superintendents of Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Jaypurhat, Thakurgaon, Panchagar, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram also attended the summit.