The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have agreed to further intensify vigil along the international border to curb crimes, cross-border movement and other illegal activities.
This was decided an inspector general-level meeting between BSF and BGB was held in Chittagong of Bangladesh last week where it was decided to further strengthen the vigil along the border to control crimes, cross-border movement of hostile elements and unauthorized persons besides other illegal activities.
It is learnt that both sides have exchanged information relating to trans-border illegal activities and chalked out various strategies to deal with it.
BSF’s Mizoram-Cachar frontier Inspector General Kanu Charan Mahali led the Indian team while Tripura frontier Inspector General Soloman Yash Kumar Minz, his Assam-Meghalaya frontier counterpart Kuldeep Saini and officials from the External Affairs Ministry took part in the four day meeting.
Notably, both the border guards have been adopting a zero tolerance policy to curb smuggling of arms, explosives and drugs and human trafficking along their frontiers.
The next border coordination conference would be held in any of the north-eastern states that share international border with Bangladesh in August next.
Four northeastern states – Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam – share a 1,880 km international border with Bangladesh with most parts of it unfenced, mountainous and prone to crime.