BGB-BSF border conference begins in Dhaka


Dhaka, February 19: A five-day Director General (DG)-level border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has begun at the BGB headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday.
The conference kicked off at the BGB headquarters at around 9:30am in Dhaka’s Pilkhana.
Issue of detention, shooting and killing of unarmed Bangladesh nationals by BSF as well as trafficking of drugs, arms and ammunition from the Indian side will be given top priorities in the conference, said a press release issued on Friday.
Illegal trespassing of the international border, development works within 150 yards of the international border, setting up of effluent treatment plant (ETP) in the Indian side of Akhaura Integrated Check Post (ICP) to prevent water pollution, exchange of information about smugglers and criminals will also be discussed during the conference.
A 19-member Indian delegation, led by BSF DG Shri K K Sharma, arrived in Dhaka on Saturday to attend the conference. Senior officials of the BSF headquarters, Inspector General of Frontier, officials of Ministry of Home and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India are accompanying the BSF DG.
BGB’s 28-member delegation is being headed by its DG Major General Abul Hossain. Officials of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joint River Commission, Department of Narcotics Control, Survey of Bangladesh and the Department of Land Record and Surveys are also included in the team.
The two sides are expected to sign a Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) of the conference and the Indian delegation is scheduled to leave Dhaka on February 22, according to the press release.