Dhaka, April 04: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday called upon public representatives of the bordering areas to work in coordination with law enforcement agencies to prevent all kinds of border crimes.“We’ve been working to stop smuggling along the border. Public representatives and law enforcement agencies will have to work in a coordinated way to prevent all kinds of border crimes,” he said while addressing a views-exchange meeting with MPs from the bordering districts at the BGB headquarters of Pilkhana.
Sixty-two MPs from 32 bordering districts attended the meeting when they pointed out various problems of their respective areas and also put forward suggestions to resolve those.
About the border management, the home minister said talks are on at the home minister level with neighbouring countries India and Myanmar to this end.
Besides, meetings between BGB-BSF and BGB-BGP at the director general and DC-DM levels are being held regularly, he said. “There has been much progress in discussions with friendly country India. Our talks are on with Myanmar, too.”
Asaduzzaman said they have ensured a surveillance system along the border apart from the constructing link roads. “Cattle smuggling has also come down following the increase in production of the cattle in our country,” he said.
He urged the local MPs to come forward to eradicate the menace of drugs through a social movement. “No drug dealer will be spared as we’ve already made the Narcotics Control Act a time-befitting one.”
The home minister revealed that more than half of the prisoners detained in different jails are accused in drug-related cases. “As a result, social resistance is a must against drugs alongside enforcement of laws,” he said.
He further said the government has strengthened law enforcement agencies to prevent crimes. “The number of BGB border outposts (BOPs) has been increased.”
Asaduzzaman also said over 15,000 members will be appointed to the border force while an initiative has been taken to mordernise Bangladesh Coast Guard.
Public Security Division Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary, senior officials of the Department of Narcotics Control and National Board of Revenue, director generals of BGB, Rab and Coast Guard, eight divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners of 32 bordering districts also attended the meeting.