Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AFP file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AFP file)

First India-Bangladesh border talks under Modi 2.0 govt next week

  • This will be the 48th DG-level conference between the two sides since 1975, and it will begin in Dhaka next week
  • Border Security Force (BSF) chief RK Mishra will lead a 10-member delegation for a five-day visit starting June 11

New Delhi: The border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh will discuss several issues, including those related to cross-border crimes, as their director generals meet in Dhaka for the first biannual talks after the reelection of the Narendra Modi government, officials said on Saturday.

This will be the 48th DG-level conference between the two sides since 1975 and it will begin in Dhaka next week.

Border Security Force (BSF) chief R.K. Mishra will lead a 10-member delegation to the neighbouring country for a five-day visit starting June 11.

The delegation will have officials from the Union Home Ministry, which is the controlling authority of the BSF, and anti-narcotics agencies, and a diplomat from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

Talks with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be held at their headquarters in Pilkhana in Dhaka, the officials said. India will take up issues such as BSF personnel being attacked by Bangladeshi criminals in border areas and those related to cross-frontier smuggling during the traditional bi-annual meeting between the two sides between June 11 and June 15, the officials quoted above said.

A 19-member BGB delegation, led by Director General (DG) Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam, will also be briefed about the frequent instances of smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, variety of narcotics, cattle and other related crimes, the officials said.

The last time the two forces met for DG-level talks was in Delhi in September. Issues such as measures undertaken to prevent attacks against BSF personnel, joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes, action against Indian insurgent groups (operating from the other side) are part of the agenda for the DG-level talks, the officials said.

A joint record of discussion will be signed between the two forces at the end of the talks, he added.

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