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BGB: Cattle smuggled from India harming Bangladesh’s economy

  • Published at 11:04 AM July 16, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:31 PM July 16, 2017
BGB: Cattle smuggled from India harming Bangladesh’s economy
A BSF jawan stands on guard at the India-Bangladesh border Reuters

BGB Additional Director General Md Zahid Hasan is attending a four-day Border Coordination Conference in India

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Additional Director General Md Zahid Hasan has said that cattle smuggling from India is harming the economy of Bangladesh.

“We have requested BSF to stop the smuggling. A lot of other related issues can also be resolved by that, Zahid said while talking to journalists after a conference in Shillong on Saturday.

He is attending a four-day Border Coordination Conference held between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) in India, reports the Indian Express.

About criminal activities, he said that upon sharing of intelligence on a real time basis about criminal activities on either side of the border, both the forces will promptly act.

The BGB commander has also raised the issue of border firing.

Hasan and Meghalaya frontier BSF IG P K Dubey also met Meghalaya’s Director General of Police S B Singh and discussed on the issue of cattle smuggling and cross-border crimes.

Talking about cross-border crimes, Hasan said: “There are few in our areas of concern which we have discussed. Some of the incidents categorically were brought before the discussion. We have discussed the issue and we have agreed on certain issues on that and hopefully that will come down to zero.”

Also Read- Hindustan Times: Illegal cattle trade worth Tk6,250 crore annually

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Frontier BSF IG P K Dubey said border related issues were discussed in details and efforts have been taken to curb trans-border crimes.

He said: “Our main concerns were killing of innocent Bangladeshi nationals and smuggling of drugs, and also to find out the modalities to build our relationships.

“We have expressed zero tolerance for smuggling of firearms and explosives, human trafficking and drugs. We have agreed to enhance the confidence building measures between both the forces on the ground.”

The BSF-BGB conference takes place twice a year, with the last one being held in Sylhet in November of last year.

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