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BGB-BSF day-long meeting held in Kushtia

Staff Correspondent - October 23rd, 2012

A sector commander level meeting between Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) held here under Kushtia sector on  Wednesday agreed to resolve ‘major disputes through discussion and taking steps in time’.
The 2 and half hours long meeting began at 10:00 am at BGB’s Mohiskundi hall under Daulatpur upazila in the district. Sector Commander of Kushtia sector Colonel Farid Uddin led the 16-member Bangladesh team while Sector Commander of Baharampur Sector under Murshidabad district in Paschimbangla BSF RC Dewani led the 16- member Indian team. The meeting was also attended by high official of both the border guards.  Issues including killing of Bangladeshi nationals by BSF, alleged smuggling of explosives and firearms from India, set up border pillars a fresh, sheltering miscreants and other border crimes dominated the talks, meeting sources said.
BGB raised the issues of killing of Bangladeshis and smuggling of explosives and firearms from India and sought BSF help to stop those. Indian officials agreed in principle to stop firing at Bangladeshis and take effective steps to stop smuggling of explosives and arms, the sources said.
BGB emphasised stopping killing of Bangladeshis by BSF.
The two sides also discussed smuggling of contrabands including drugs and liquor, reinstallation of demolished or stolen border pillars, survey of the disputed lands and raising barbed wire fence by BSF.
At the meeting, BSF alleged illegal entry of Bangladeshis into India during odd hours and urged BGB to check it.
The talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and BSF officials showed a positive attitude towards resolving the issues, said BGB Sector Commander Col. Farid Uddin
Both sides agreed on joint patrol to check border terrorism, smuggling, drug trade, intrusion and trafficking specially of women and children, he said.