We're Live Bangla Tuesday, May 30, 2023



Rakesh Asthana, director general (DG) of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), has said that bringing down the border killing to zero will get top priority.

He made the remark at a press briefing after the end of the four-day conference between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and BSF on Saturday.

"We are committed to bringing the border killing down to zero by increasing coordinated patrols," said the BSF DG.

The 50th biannual conference between BGB-BSF has also agreed to give priority on prevention of human trafficking, drug smuggling and human rights issues.

BGB-BSF talks begin with focus on border killing, drug smuggling

The decisions taken during the conference are given below:

  • Both sides agreed to take extra precautionary measures along the border to bring down the killing, injuring and beating unarmed nationals of both countries to zero by increasing coordinated patrols including intensifying public awareness programme, undertaking appropriate socio-economic developmental programmes in vulnerable areas.
  • Both sides agreed to undertake joint efforts to bring down the number of incidents of assault and attacks to zero by increasing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas and educating the border population about the sanctity of IB and preventing criminals from crossing the IB.
  • Highlights the importance of Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) in curbing the menace of trans-border crimes such as the smuggling of various types of drugs and narcotics specially yaba, fire arms, contraband items, smuggling of cattle/FICN/Gold both sides agreed to pressure and share real time information which will be beneficial for both the border guarding forces.
  • Both sides agreed to take effective steps for prevention of human trafficking and illegal crossing of IB. Both the DGs also agreed to aid victims of human trafficking and to facilitate their rescue and rehabilitation as soon as possible as per the law of the land.
  • Both sides agreed to uphold the joint effort and carry out coordinated patrol regularly to prevent the breaching and damaging of IBB fence along the border. 

The biannual conference between two neighbouring border forces began on Thursday in Dhaka.