GUWAHATI, Dec 18 � Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh, have decided to share �real time intelligence� to check trans-border crimes.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, highly placed sources in the BSF said that sharing of intelligence by the border guarding forces of both the countries would check trans-border crimes including movement of militants and smugglers to a great extent. The decision to share intelligence was taken at a meeting between senior officials of the BSF and BGB held recently in Shillong.
Sources revealed that efforts by the anti-national elements to pump in fake Indian currency notes are a matter of grave concern for India and the BSF and BGB have decided to work together to check the menace. According to information available with the security agencies, the fake currency notes are manufactured mostly in Pakistan and the same are routed through Bangladesh. In recent times, the security forces of Bangladesh have been helping India to deal with the menace and the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh have decided to improve coordination to check the problem.
Though the Government of Bangladesh has been taking action against the militants taking shelter in that country, some camps and bases of the militant groups including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and PLA are still active in the neighbouring country.
Sources said that during the recent meeting, the BSF handed over a list of 46 camps and bases of the militants in Bangladesh to the BGB officials with a request to take immediate steps to evict the same. Sources revealed that most of the camps and bases are located in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area as well as in Khagrachari area of Bangladesh. The list given to the BGB also included the latitude and longitude of the camps of the militants, sources added. Lists of the persons involved in smuggling fake currency notes and the touts who help the Bangladeshi infiltrators to sneak into India were also handed over to BGB.
On its part, the BGB handed over lists of Bangladeshi anti-social elements and members of fundamentalist forces who are allegedly staying in India.
The BSF and BGB are also jointly identifying the vulnerable patches of the international border for joint and coordinated patrolling. Sources said that the BSF has already appointed nodal officers for coordinated patrolling with the BGB. The BSF and BGB have also decided to lay joint ambushes to check movement of militants and other anti-social elements on the basis of intelligence inputs.