Will cut back killings at Bangladesh border; hearth solely in self-defence: BSF DG

Dhaka/New Delhi, September 19

The incidents of killing criminals alongside the India-Bangladesh worldwide entrance will likely be lowered considerably within the close to future, BSF chief Rakesh Asthana mentioned on Saturday as he reiterated that his troops solely hearth when their lives are endangered by miscreants from throughout the border.

The Border Security Force (BSF) Director General was talking on the finish of the four-day bi-annual talks with their counterparts Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Dhaka.

The BGB workforce through the assembly was headed by its DG Maj Gen Shafeenul Islam.

“The BSF chief said that demise or apprehension of criminals on the border are regardless of nationalities. He additional said that BSF personnel hearth with non-lethal weapons solely in self-defence when they’re surrounded by giant numbers of miscreants armed with ‘dah’ (cleaver-shaped knife), sticks and many others, and their lives are endangered.

“DG BSF assured that the death incidents along the border will be made to reduce significantly in near future,” a BSF spokesperson mentioned in an announcement issued in New Delhi.

Reiterating the necessity for joint efforts to uphold human rights and curb violence on the border, each the perimeters agreed to take additional precautionary measures alongside the border, together with intensifying public consciousness programmes, enterprise applicable socio-economic improvement programmes and real-time info sharing, he mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned the 2 sides additionally determined to border new normal working procedures (SOPs) in view of crossing of “significant” variety of mentally challenged Indian nationals to Bangladesh.

“The BSF DG advised that an SOP might be drawn up early in mutual session to handle this humane difficulty which may expedite the disposal of such instances and alleviate the struggling of such folks.

“Both sides agreed to look after the humanitarian aspects of the victim first and then verify the nationality of the mentally challenged persons and thereafter, handing or taking over can be expedited with cooperation from one another,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The two forces additionally determined to “share real-time information” with one another expeditiously by way of formal or casual channels concerning smuggling of narcotics, human trafficking, pretend Indian foreign money notes (FICN), cattle, arms, ammunition, explosives, info associated to anti-social parts, actions of IIGs (Indian Insurgent teams) and breaching or damaging of border fence, following generally agreed particular codecs, he mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned each the forces “appreciated the efforts made to improve mutual relations through various confidence building measures (CBMs)”.

“All the agreed events undertaken earlier in CBMs will be resumed once COVID-19 pandemic situation becomes normal,” he added.

This was the 50th DG-level assembly between the 2 sides. The subsequent version is slated to be held in India.

According to the BGB, till August this yr, as many as 33 Bangladeshis have been killed alongside the border whereas rights group Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) mentioned 15 folks have been killed alongside the border in 2018 and the quantity rose to 43 final yr.

In the primary seven months of the present yr, 29 folks have been killed, it mentioned.

BGB Director General Islam mentioned that his Indian counterpart has assured me that “he would do his best to ensure that we can avoid the loss of human life.”

He mentioned Bangladesh has 4,427 km-long border with India which has many rivers, marshes, hills alongside plain lands. The BGB has arrange outposts in each 5 km of the frontier.

They agreed to offer assist to the victims of human trafficking and facilitate their rescue and rehabilitation as per the legislation of the land.

Both the perimeters additionally agreed to not undertake any improvement work throughout the 150 yards of the border with out prior info and to expedite the concurrence of all pending improvement works, officers mentioned.

They agreed to make sure that no unauthorised river financial institution safety works happen alongside the widespread border rivers. — PTI

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