Dhaka, Bangladesh
50th BGB-BSF DG level talks rescheduled for Sept 16-19

50th BGB-BSF DG level talks rescheduled for Sept 16-19

News Desk
The 50th round of Director General (DG)
Level Talks (DGLT) between Border Guard
Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border
Security Force (BSF), which was scheduled
for September 13-18, will now take place
here from September 16 to 19.
“The formal meeting will start at 10:45am
on September 17 at the conference room in
the BGB headquarters (in the city),” said
a BGB press release here Tuesday.
BGB Director General (DG) Major General Md
Shafeenul Islam will lead a 13-member
Bangladesh delegation while his BSF
counterpart Rakesh Asthana will lead a
six-member delegation at the routine
boarder conference, the release said,
adding that the conference will conclude
with the signing of a Joint Record of
Discussions (JRD) on September 19.
Earlier, the BGB-BSF DGLT was postponed on
September 13 as the BSF delegation could
not reach Dhaka due to a technical glitch
in their aircraft.
According to officials, the issue of
killings on the border is likely to
dominate largely the talks between
Bangladeshi and Indian border guards as
chiefs of the two paramilitary forces in
the four-day meeting.
“Border killing is an important issue for
us,” a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)
official told BSS on September 11, adding
that until August this year, 33
Bangladeshis were killed along Bangladesh-
India frontiers.
Talking to BSS, BGB’s operations director
Lieutenant Colonel Fayzur Rahman said
Bangladesh always laid high importance to
violence on the borders as after any
incident of killing on borders “we start
talks at all levels”.
He said protests are lodged at flag
meetings with Boarder Security Force (BSF)
at the camp level on the frontiers, while
the issue is raised up to the foreign
ministry for diplomatic initiatives to
stop the phenomenon.
According to rights group Ain O Salish
Kendra (ASK), 15 people were killed along
the Bangladesh-India border in 2018, the
number rose to 43 last year. In the first
seven months of this year, 29 people were
killed.
The BGB operations director said cross
boarder smuggling particularly drug
smuggling, construction of different
structures like barbed wire fencing and
other installations were other issues to
be discussed in the meeting.
He, however, described the meeting as a
routine one when the two sides would
discuss as well the ways to improve
relations between the two border forces,
alongside other issues of mutual interest.
Reports from New Delhi suggest, cattle
smuggling, fake currency business and
human trafficking are likely to be the
major issues of the BSF side in the talks.
The DG-level talks between BGB and BSF was
first held in 1975, while the talks are
generally held twice a year, once in Dhaka
and once in Delhi for management of porous
4,096 km long frontiers.
The BGB-BSF DGLT is set to be held days
ahead of planned foreign minister level
Joint Consultative Commission (JCC)
meeting using virtual media to be hosted
by Dhaka later this month.

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