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Border talks between India and Bangladesh to be held outside Delhi for the first time | India News


NEW DELHI: India and Bangladesh are expected to hold their DG-level border talks in Guwahati later this month, the first time the biannual meeting will be held outside Delhi, official sources said.
The 51st edition of these high-level talks will take place between the Border Security Force (BSF) and its counterpart, the Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) starting on December 22. Discussions are expected on how to curb a variety of border crimes and improve cooperation between the two countries. to be held for four days.
The capital of Assam is the base of the Guwahati border headquarters of BSF, whose troops guard 495 km of the 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border that runs through the state and some parts of West Bengal.
A special water wing of the BSF that patrols along the river border areas, including Dhubri in Assam, is under the command of this border force border.
This is the first time since these bi-annual talks began in 1993 that they have been held outside Delhi, the sources said.
The meeting that will be held near the border may also provide an opportunity for the heads of the two sides to jointly visit some border areas in Assam, they said, indicating the reason behind moving the talks out of Delhi.
The Director-General level talks were held annually between 1975 and 1992, but were held semi-annually in 1993, with either party traveling alternately to the national capitals of New Delhi and Dhaka.
A delegation led by BSF CEO Rakesh Asthana had visited Dhaka for these talks in September.
Asthana will lead the talks again with his BGB counterpart, Major General Shafeenul Islam, the sources said.
Current relations between the two countries and the forces are very good and both sides will carry them forward during these talks, the officials said.
While the Indian side is expected to address the issue of joint management of border security, fencing off unfenced areas and taking effective measures to curb cross-border crime, the Bangladesh border force is expected to address the related issues. with the murder of his people along the front line.
During the last meeting, Asthana had said that the killing of criminals along the front “will be significantly reduced”, even as he reiterated that his troops only shoot when their lives are in danger from cross-border evildoers.
He said the death or arrest of criminals at the border was “regardless of nationalities.”
“BSF personnel fire with a non-lethal weapon only in self-defense when surrounded by large numbers of criminals armed with dah (ax knife), sticks, etc., and their lives are in danger,” he was cited as said by a BSF spokesperson.
The two sides are also expected to sign new standard operating procedures (SOPs) in view of the crossing of a “significant” number of mentally disabled Indian citizens into Bangladesh, a plan proposed by the head of BSF.
The two forces, after the Dhaka talks in September, had also decided to “share information in real time” with each other expeditiously through formal or informal channels on drug smuggling and human trafficking.
It was also decided to share information on counterfeit Indian banknotes, livestock, weapons, ammunition, explosives, antisocial items, activities of Indian insurgent groups, and breaches or damage of the border fence.

Times of India