The conference will conclude with the signing of a Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) on September 19
A four-day border conference between Bangladesh and Indian border forces began at the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday.
BGB Director General (DG) Major General Md Shafeenul Islam is leading a 13-member Bangladesh delegation while his Border Security Force (BSF) counterpart Rakesh Asthana is heading a six-member team at the conference, according to a BGB press release.
The conference will conclude with the signing of a Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) on September 19.
Earlier, the meeting had to be deferred on Sunday as the BSF delegation could not reach Dhaka due to a technical glitch in their aircraft.
The talks will focus on such issues as the shooting, killing and injuring of unarmed Bangladeshi nationals at the border and smuggling of narcotics from the other side of the border to Bangladesh, added the press release.
The delegates will also discuss the smuggling of arms, ammunition and explosives, arrest and detention along the border areas, illegal border crossings and forced entry into Bangladesh and push-in of mentally unbalanced Indian nationals into Bangladesh, the release read.
Construction work within 150 yards of the border, river bank conservation of both countries, construction of visitors’ gallery at the Banglabandha ICP, and integrated border management, are also on the agenda, added the release.
The two sides will also discuss the holding of regular meetings of region and frontier level officers, conducting hill flying training and operations in the hilly areas, and ways to enhance mutual communication and existing friendship between the two neighbouring forces.