India and Bangladesh to work jointly at district level for settling border issues

29 Jan 2015


The district administrations and border guards of India and Bangladesh would coordinate with each other and deal jointly to settle various border issues and crimes.

 District Magistrates and other district officials of Mizoram’s two districts - Mamit and Lunglei – met Deputy Commissioners of Rangamati and Bandarban districts, and discussed border crimes, setting up of more border outposts (BOPs), erection of border fencing and better coordination among district administrations of the two countries.


Deputy Commissioner of Rangamati Shamsul Arefin who led a 9-member Bangladeshi delegation to the meeting, said “We would like to sort out local issues between us. The border related crimes and problems would be dealt with jointly by us”. He also stated that officials and district administrations of the two countries, Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) would work mutually to curb crimes and resolve other problems.


A Mizoram Home Department official said that the District Magistrates of two districts of Mizoram told their Bangladeshi counterparts that the north-east based militants take shelter in Bangladesh after committing crimes and kidnapping people from Mizoram for ransom.


India and Bangladesh had decided to hold district magistrate-level meetings to resolve all issues amicably through talks.


District Magistrates and other district level officials of four districts of Tripura – Sipahijala, Gomti, Dhalai and South Tripura – met in Agartala (January 9-10) with the Deputy Commissioners of five districts of Bangladesh – Comilla, Feni, Ragamati, Khagrachari and Chittagong. They discussed various issues including border crimes, sharing waters of common rivers, setting up of more border haat (weekly market), border fencing and better coordination between district administrations of the two countries.


Similar conferences would be held in other north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya shortly to sort out all border issues.


India is erecting a barbed wire fence and putting up flood lights along 4,096 km India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal (2,216 km), Tripura (856 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km) and Mizoram (318 km) to check trans border movements of militants, gun running and curb border crimes.


Inaccessible and mountainous terrain, dense forests and other hindrances make the unfenced borders between India’s north eastern states and Bangladesh porous and vulnerable, letting illegal immigrants and intruders cross over without any hurdle.

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