NEW DELHI, July 22 - India is likely to take up the issue of growing jehadi activities in Bangladesh, when the Home Ministers of the two neighbouring countries will meet here on July 28.
A delegation, led by Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, will be on a three-day visit to India from July 27, official sources said. The Indian delegation, which will participate in the talks, will comprise National Security Advisor, Union Home Secretary, Director General of Border Security Force and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.
The last Home Minister-level talks in India was held in December, 2012 and in Bangladesh in January, 2013.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Parliament on Wednesday that India is keeping a close watch on the developments in neighbouring countries, including activities of the ISIS.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday said that India stands with Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism and will extend all possible help in this regard. Modi was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the Petrapole check post via video conferencing. He conveyed his deep condolences to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the loss of lives in the recent attacks and told her that India is with her in the fight against terror.
�In the fight against terrorism, do not consider yourself alone. India�s full support is with you,� he said. �It�s a matter of pain for me as well as for people of my country that there were two terror incidents in Dhaka and Kishoregunj during the holy month of Ramadan. It�s a sad moment when temples and their priests, as also civilians, were subjected to inhumane torture,� Modi said.
It may be mentioned here that during the last Home Minister-level talks between India and Bangladesh in January 2013 in Dhaka, the Extradition Treaty and Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA) were signed between the two countries. The Extradition Treaty proposed to provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive criminals, including leaders of Indian insurgents groups arrested by Bangladesh authorities, while the Revised Travel Arrangement promoted greater people-to-people exchanges.
Both sides reiterated their commitment to act against the elements inimical to both countries. Besides, issues relating to cross-border terrorism, handing over of leaders of India insurgent groups staying in Bangladesh and also action against their camps, smuggling of arms ammunition, fake currency notes were also discussed.
In so far as border management issues are concerned, the issue of strengthening of security along the Indo-Bangladesh border and erection of fence in vulnerable patches were also discussed. Both sides agreed to implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan expeditiously to curb illegal cross-border movement. Among other issues, measures to check trafficking in women and children, smuggling of drugs and capacity building of law enforcement activities, etc., were discussed. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in security-related issues and other areas of mutual interest.