Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 25 December: Bangladesh Border Director General (DG) Major General Safinul Islam has expressed deep concern over the presence of an armed regional separatist terrorist group in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh inside the Indian state of Mizoram.
He appealed to DG Rakesh Astana of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to destroy the hideouts of the separatist terrorist organization.
The BGB DG expressed his concern at a joint press briefing on Friday at the 51st DG level border conference between the two countries in Guwahati, Assam.
DG BGB voiced his concern over the presence of few Bangladeshi Armed Miscreants camps of Regional Parties of Chattogram Hill Tracts in Mizoram State of India and requested for destruction of those camps.
Stating the ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ of the Govt. of India towards terrorism, DG BSF assured to take appropriate action against those camps, if found.
BSF’s director general expressed his hope that the existing friendly relations and mutual cooperation between the border guards of both the countries will be further enhanced in the future, at the meeting.
Meanwhile, BGB’s director general expressed his concern over the killing and beating of unarmed Bangladeshi citizens by BSF, Indian nationals and miscreants.
He added that he is also concerned over the Bangladesh Border Director General (DG) Major General Safinul Islam has expressed deep concern over the presence of an armed regional separatist terrorist group in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh inside the Indian state of Mizoram.smuggling of drugs, goods and gold at the border, according to the press release.
To protect human rights and prevent violence at the border, both sides agreed to take additional precautionary measures in the area.
They said they will strengthen public awareness programs at the border – undertaking appropriate socio-economic development programs in remote areas and increasing coordinated patrols, the press release added.
BGB’s director general said, “The people of Bangladesh have always appreciated the excellent relations between the two border guards and hope for the BGB and BSF to take the necessary steps to reduce the number of border killings to zero.”
He also emphasised the importance of the Integrated Border Management Plan (CBMP) at the meeting.
BSF’s director general said, “Drug addiction among the youth of both countries has increased drastically as a result of illegal drug trafficking which needs to be tackled effectively.”