The officials of Indian and Bangladesh on Monday resolved to curb drugs smuggling, human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.
In an India-Bangladesh district magistrate-deputy commissioner level meeting, the officials of both the countries took the decision.
“The district magistrates-deputy commissioners of the six bordering districts of India and Bangladesh unanimously have decided to take joint action to curb drug menace, human trafficking, terror activities, infiltration and illegal cross border movement,” North Tripura DM CK Jamatia told reporters here.
He said that other issues including border fencing, maintenance of border pillars, joint patrolling of the Border Security Force and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and setting up of more “border haats” (markets) were also discussed.
The deputy commissioner of Bangladesh’s Moulvibazar district, Mohammad Tofael Islam, who led his country’s 22-member delegation, said, “With the next three to four months, two more ‘border haats’ would be set up along the India-Bangladesh borders.”
Drugs, specially the “Yaba tablets” (a powerful stimulant) smuggled from Myanmar, were being seized regularly both in India and Bangladesh, Islam added.