Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A month after mutiny, BDR personnel visit India for talks

New Delhi, Mar 31 BSF and BDR today held their first round of annual talks here after the savage mutiny at the headquarters of the neighbouring country's paramilitary force in Dhaka which led to the killing of its chief Major General Shakeel Ahmed.

The Bangladesh side was led by Brigadier General Mainul Islam and the Indian delegation was headed by BSF Director General M L Kumawat at the meeting held after a month of the savage mutiny by BDR personnel.

The talks, described as continuation of the earlier round held in Dhaka, revolved around joint patrolling of 46 difficult areas, preventing cross-border terrorist movement and trafficking of women, children and contraband, official sources said.

Among other issues discussed between the two sides include joint management of border pillars, fencing within 150 metres of the International border and smuggling.

The Indian side also raised the issue of terrorist camps especially those from the country's Northeast and which operate within the territory of Bangladesh and harbouring of some of the wanted criminals.

The six-member Bangla delegation led by Islam will return tomorrow after their three-day visit here. The minutes of the meeting would be signed tomorrow morning.

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