8.3-km inaugurated as Crime Free Zone in Indo-Bangla border

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Benapole, Mar 9: Frontier forces Bangladesh and India for the first time on Friday announced an 8.3-kilometre of their common border area here as a ‘Crime Free Zone’.The joint operation of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) was inaugurated during a director general level border conference at Putkhali border in Benapole and the Kaliyani Border in India in the afternoon, reports UNB.

Jessore-1 constituency lawmaker Sheikh Afil Uddin, BGB Director General Major General Abul Hossain, BSF Director General Shri KK Sharma and senior officials of BGB, BSF and local government organisations of both the countries were present at the ceremony.

The ‘Crime Free Zone’ was inaugurated by BGB Director General Abul Hossain and BSF Chief KK Sharma, said Lt Col Ariful Haque, Commanding officer of 49 BGB.

The decision of setting up the Crime Free Zone was taken at a bilateral meeting of BGB-BSF Director General level in October 2017, said BSF sector commander Mridul Sen.

BGB has already established various types of border surveillance devices such as close circuit cameras, searchlights, and thermal image detectors to prevent crime effectively in Bangladesh part. At the same time, BGB initiated building awareness among the local people against the crime prevention.

BGB and BSF will keep constant surveillance through mutual cooperation and coordination in order to prevent cross-border crimes such as smuggling, women and child trafficking, human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms and explosives and terrorist and anti-social activities.

A part from the local administration of the respective countries and with the help of the people living in the border areas, all the possible employment opportunities will be brought back from the criminal activities of the border criminals.

In order to declare ‘Crime Free Zone’ in other areas of the border, BGB and BSF are working in concrete

BGB and BSF director Generals jointly said that drone will be used in this Border to protect the criminal activities.

If the pilot project is successful, then the 4 thousand 996 km area of the border will be brought under the ‘Crime Free Zone’, they added.