India, Bangladesh agree to strengthen border security

There was unanimity to secure the borders to prevent cross-border infiltration and human trafficking. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Fulbari, West Bengal, India Jul 27, 2016, 09.19 AM (IST)
Top officials of border forces of India and Bangladesh met on Tuesday to discuss security-related issues, including cross-border infiltration and smuggling.

India's Border Security Force (BSF) was led by inspector general Kamal Nayan Choubey, while Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was represented by additional deputy general, region commander, Shahriar Ahmed Choudhury, at the talks held at Fulbari check post in India's eastern state of West Bengal.

The two sides also discussed security measures in the wake of recent brutal attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh early this month when 20 people were killed after five Bangladeshi men stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, a cafe popular with foreigners, businessmen and diplomats.

It was agreed to enhance border security and exchange real time actionable intelligence.

"The broad issues that we have discussed today are something that all of you are aware of, the issue of trans-border crime, the issue of infiltration, the issue that concerns India's security. We have also discussed the recent developments in the subcontinent specifically certain incidents that had taken place in Bangladesh," said Choubey.

Choudhury said there was unanimity to secure the borders to prevent cross-border infiltration.

"Today basically we have discussed the kind of difficulties that we are facing in the border in general so that our bordering areas remain secure and nobody can cross either side of the border," said Choudhury.

Bangladesh and India share a 4,096-kilometre (2,545-mile)-long international border with five Indian states -- Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and West Bengal.

The two countries are also looking to boost security along the border to prevent human trafficking.

The migration of tens of thousands of people from Bangladesh into India has long been a sensitive issue in India.

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