Over 300 Bangladeshis have been apprehended this year for lack of travel documents while crossing from the Indian side to Bangladesh.
Visiting Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) chief Major General Shafeenul Islam said this in a press conference on Sunday in New Delhi.
“We regularly apprehend persons who cross the border. These are Bangladeshis who came into India inadvertently or for work,” Islam said.
Responding to the query on regular pushbacks of “illegal” immigrants from Indian side to Bangladesh, the BGB DG said, “We regularly apprehend persons who cross borders illegally.”
Action against the Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) and prevention of attacks on BSF troopers as well as Indian civilians by Bangladesh criminals are among six issues the BSF raised at the 49th DG-level talks with BGB.
In the bilateral border coordination conference, the BSF took up joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes such as smuggling of cattle, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and gold.
Other crimes such as illegal migration and human trafficking, breaching of India-Bangladesh border fence, border violations, and illegal crossing, kidnapping or abduction, and illegal crossing by nationals of countries other than Bangladesh were also raised.
Besides, issues related with border infrastructure — construction of single row fencing, infrastructure works and construction within 150 yards of International Border without prior intimation — was also raised in talks being attended by an 11-member BGB team.