Next BGB-BSF DG level talks on Dec 22 in India | The Daily Star
06:03 PM, December 20, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:10 PM, December 20, 2020

Next BGB-BSF DG level talks on Dec 22 in India

Killing of Bangladeshis by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), smuggling of drugs and illegal arms into the country from India, illegal trespassing by Indian nationals including BSF members are among key issues to be discussed in the upcoming director general level conference between border forces of the two countries.

Both Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and BSF will also discuss sharing information with each other, timely and effective implementation of coordinated border management, and transnational crimes during the five-day conference, starting on Tuesday in India's Guwahati.

An 11-memebr Bangladeshi team will be led by BGB DG Maj Gen Shafeenul Islam while BSF DG Rakesh Asthana will led the BSF team, according to a press release sent by BGB.

The conference is expected to formally conclude on December 25 through signing a joint record of discussions by both sides.

The last BGB-BSF DG-level conference was held on September 19 in Dhaka where the BSF DG said they are working out a strategy to bring down the killings in India-Bangladesh border areas to zero.

However, killing of Bangladeshis in the border is still continuing.

Data from rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) showed at least 15 people had been killed along the Indo-Bangla border in 2018. The number rose to 43 last year. Meanwhile 42 people were killed till November this year.

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