Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) are both against human rights violations at the border. Both security forces are trying to bring down border killing down to zero level.
The information was released at a press conference at BGB Headquarters in Pilkhana on Thursday after a five-day Director General (DG) level border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
BGB DG Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam said: “BSF are using non-lethal weapons at the border. Due to this, the killing at the border has reduced considerably. We have agreed that killing of any kind at the border is unacceptable.
“Due to using non-lethal weapons, BSF members are being attacked by criminals. However, no killings took place at the border this year,” he added.
Regarding the matter, BSF DG Shri KK Sharma said: “BSF is a professional force. We respect human rights. We are working to bring down border killings to zero. Usually, there is criminal activity in the border at midnight. We are keeping close watch. We are using non-lethal weapons to stop border killings. For this reason, sometimes we get attacked by criminals. Still, we are using non-lethal weapons.”
When asked about Rohingyas from India illegally crossing the border and coming to Bangladesh, BGB DG Shafeenul Islam said: “The border guard forces of the two countries had discussions about preventing illegal border crossing. Bangladesh and India are both cautious about this matter. We will be alert to prevent anyone from illegally crossing the border.”
At the conference, the two countries agreed on some initiatives including consideration of a Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP). They agreed to strictly prevent border crimes such as smuggling arms, explosives, drugs, narcotics, including yaba, fake Indian currency notes, gold and cattle smuggling, breaching of international border fence, theft, abduction and other points of mutual concern.
Both sides agreed to take steps to prevent human trafficking and illegal crossing. BGB and BSF agreed to share information with each other regarding organized criminal activities and increasing surveillance in areas vulnerable to crime. In this regard, mapping of vulnerable areas of trans-border criminal activities will be updated twice annually.
A 10-member Indian delegation, led by BSF DG Shri KK Sharma, arrived in Dhaka on April 23 to attend the conference. Senior officials of the BSF headquarters, Inspector General of Frontier, officials of Ministry of Home and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India accompanied the BSF DG.