Mymensingh: Deputy Commissioners of seven northern frontier districts today concluded a two-day meeting with their Indian counterparts agreeing to work together in combating cross-border crimes and facilitate bilateral trades.
"We have ended the two-day meeting with our Indian counterparts signing the agreed minutes . . . we are happy with the outcome of the talks," Mymensingh's DC Mustakim Billah Faruqui told a news briefing jointly with his counterpart from East Khasi Hills district PS Dkhar.
The administrative chiefs of the two bordering districts led the Bangladesh and Indian sides in the meeting, which, they said, particularly featured issues of cross-border trespassing and killing, women and child trafficking, trapped people stuck in each other's soils and obstacles of trade between the regions of the two countries.
Dkhar said he would take necessary initiatives to stop border violence or killing of people, a major issue of concern of Bangladesh.
The two DCs expected the meeting to pave ways to quicken the repatriation process of released prisoners, who previously languished in each other's jails on different charges, alongside the wanted people hiding in soils of the neghbouring countries.
The field level officials of the two countries agreed to increase border hat and exchange cultural activities while foreign ministry officials in Dhaka said Tripura's first border haat with Bangladesh was likely to be inaugurated on January 13.
The administrative chiefs of Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokona, Sylhet, Sunamganj, and Kurigram would meet their counterparts called "district magistrates" or "collectors" from India's hill districts of East Khasi, South West Khasi, South Garo (Bagmara), West Garo, South West Garo (Tura), East Jainta, and West Jainta.
Faruqui led a 30-member delegation at the home side while East Khasi hill district's collector PS Dkhar ledsthe Indian side in the talks also joined by district police chiefs, local commanders of the two paramilitary border forces and other concerned officials.