BSF to Check Entry of Fugitive BDR Members into India
Thursday, 02 April 2009

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday assured Bangladesh that any disobedient member of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will not be allowed to enter its territory.

"We will ensure that recalcitrant elements of BDR do not enter India at any cost and if any one is caught we will hand over them to Bangladesh," said BSF Director General (DG) ML Kumawat. Speaking at a joint press conference with BDR DG Brig Gen Mainul Islam after a DG-level meeting between BSF and BDR in New Delhi, the Indian side also offered all possible help in restructuring the BDR if Bangladesh desires.

"The BSF has shown prudence and wisdom during the (BDR mutiny) crisis. The force has been dealing the whole matter with wisdom and we expect the same from them in future," said the BDR DG.

The two sides discussed a range of issues related to border management and agreed to strengthen joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes, including illegal movements, trafficking of women and children, smuggling of drugs, arms and ammunition across the border.

The BSF DG said there is no case of crossing over into India from Bangladesh till now from February 25 with or without weapons.

The work related to maintenance of boundary pillars along the India-Bangladesh border also came up for discussions during the three-day meet at BSF headquarters in New Delhi from March 30 to April 1. BDR DG Brig Gen Mainul led a six-member delegation at the border conference.

On extradition of Ulfa leaders, Mainul said, "I'm not in a position to comment. But I can assure you as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that the country will not harbour any one who harms our country or neighbouring country."

"We have shared our common concerns. We hope that we can resolve many issues in near future under democratically elected governments," said the BDR DG.

The chiefs of BDR and BSF earlier signed a Joint Record of Discussions.
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