Joint border patrols, single-row fence to come up at India-Bangladesh border

To curb crimes in the border regions of India and Bangladesh, the two nations have decided to adopt concrete measures like joint patrolling and installation of single-row fences on the "vulnerable sections" of the border

Dec 26, 2020
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To curb crimes in the border regions of India and Bangladesh, the two nations have decided to adopt concrete measures like joint patrolling and installation of single-row fences on the "vulnerable sections" of the border. 

The decisions came on Friday during the 51st Director-General Level Border Coordination Conference 2020 in Guwahati, Assam. The two nations took measures to identify “vulnerable sections”, and conduct joint patrolling, among other measures to maintain “peace, tranquility, and security at the border areas". 

In the meeting, it was also decided to hold the next DG level conference in April 2021 in Dhaka.  

Further, to curb instances of border breach, the two sides agreed for “enhanced vigilance and more coordinated actions” for effective implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan. Construction of single row fences at vulnerable stops has also been agreed upon in the conference. 

The conference also emphasized the importance of “sharing information at cutting edge level" between the border forces of two sides. 

“This conference yielded positive results, many important issues and constrictive solutions were aimed at, and fruitful discussion led to more streamlining of mechanism to jointly curb various trans-border crimes,” said India's BSF (Border Security Force) in a statement. 

As it is the 50th year of Bangladesh’s independence, India’s BSF also decided to hold a series of events throughout the year to celebrate the occasion. BSF also plans to felicitate veterans and eminent personalities of the Bangladesh Liberation War. India had played a critical role in the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. 

Rakesh Asthana, director-general of BSF, attended the conference from India while Major General Safeemul Islam, director-general of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), headed the Bangladesh delegation. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the conference and reiterated their commitment to work jointly to maintain peace, security and tranquility at the border. 

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