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BSF-BGB meet amid threat of fundamentalists

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, July 25 - Aiming to enhance better cooperation, a four-day border coordination committee meeting of border guards of India and Bangladesh � BSF and BGB began here yesterday.

After finalising the agenda of the meeting at BSF Tripura Frontier headquarters at Salbagan near here on Sunday, delegates of both sides shifted to Kolkata to have a meeting in BSF Special DG (Headquarters), Eastern Command.

Although such a meeting is routine exercise, the meeting holds significance keeping in mind the recent massacre in Dhaka�s Gulshan area recently, according to sources.

Notwithstanding militancy has been contained in the entire Northeastern region largely because of support from the BGB, activities of fundamentalist groups remain a worry for Delhi and Dhaka.

And, the recent massacre in Dhaka�s posh area is posing a serious threat to both nations though home-grown �terrorists� executed innocent people.

�Of course, activities of fundamentalist groups in Bangladesh will be discussed in the meeting on how to tackle the situation�, said a senior BSF official here on Monday.

The relations between the two countries are very amicable and it is expected that the conference would further strengthen the ties by focusing on issues of bilateral interests like border incidents, border violation, trans-border crimes and their prevention, developmental works including single row fence and Co-ordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP).

A 19-member BGB delegation arrived here through Akhaura check post on Sunday morning. While the delegation is led by Md Habibul Karim, Regional Commander, BGB South East Region and include other officers from BGB, different Ministries and departments of Bangladesh Government.

The Indian delegation is led by Inspector General, BSF Meghalaya Frontier PK Dubey and JB Sangwan, IG BSF, Tripura Frontier and consists of senior officers from BSF, Ministries and Departments of the States of Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. The BGB delegation was given a very warm reception at Agartala check post on their arrival. India and Bangladesh share a common history, culture and social values besides a 4,096 km long border.

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