| BSF inspector-general (Guwahati frontier) Sudhir Kumar Srivastava in Shillong on Sunday. Picture by Evanjoplin Dkhar |
Shillong, March 9: The BSF has submitted a list of 66 militant camps, including that of anti-talks faction of Ulfa, NDFB (Songbijit faction) and Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), operating from Bangladesh to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
The list was submitted during a three-day bi-annual border coordination meeting between the BSF inspector-generals and BGB’s region commanders held here.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, which concluded today, BSF inspector-general (Guwahati frontier) Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, said the list consists of hideouts/transit camps of the militant groups operating from across the border.
“The list of 66 camps was submitted according to information derived from intelligence. They (BGB) have sought more information on these camps and have promised us that they will take action,” Srivastava said.
According to the BSF, the groups, which are operating from Bangladesh, include Ulfa (anti-talks), NDFB (Songbijit faction), HNLC, ANVC (B), NLFT (Biswamohan Debbarma faction), and KYKL.
The camps are believed to be located in areas under Mymensing, Moulvibazar, Netrakona, Khagrachari, Rangamati, and the Kasalong reserve forests, the BSF said.
The HNLC and the ANVC (B) are said to be having their camps in Moulvibazar and Netrakona districts.
Srivastava said compared to earlier years, the number of militant camps in Bangladesh had dwindled because of action initiated by the Bangladesh forces. He said militant groups keep changing their camps and most are now located on the Myanmar side.
The BSF also asked the BGB to adopt stringent steps in preventing smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and other contraband items.
In 2013, fake Indian currency notes having face value of Rs 5.48 lakh were seized by BSF personnel.
On whether such notes are being printed in Bangladesh, BSF DIG (Meghalaya frontier), Mahendra Singh, said quality of the fake notes suggested that the notes were printed elsewhere.
He said even BGB personnel had apprehended people with fake Bangladeshi takas and dollars.
During the meeting, the BSF also raised issues of transborder crimes committed by Bangladesh nationals or criminals inside Indian territory, illegal intrusion of Bangladeshi nationals, poaching of Indian natural resources by Bangladeshi nationals especially from riverbeds and obstruction of development activities in India’s border areas by the BGB.
Data on all transborder crimes committed by Bangladesh nationals inside Indian territory, apprehension of Bangladeshi nationals who illegally entered into Indian territory, seizure of forest products, narcotic items and other contraband items were also submitted by the BSF.
The BSF requested the BGB to take effective measures to stop transborder crimes and prevent smuggling. The BGB raised issues on incidents of firing, killing and injuring unarmed Bangladeshi nationals by Indians.
“We investigated into the allegations and found that when Bangladeshi criminals illegally entered into Indian territory at odd hours of night for committing dacoity and theft, they were fired upon by local villagers,” Srivastava said.
He said that the BGB had been requested that Bangladeshi nationals should be discouraged and prevented from crossing the international border to avoid direct confrontation with Indian nationals.
The BGB also emphasised the need for taking appropriate action against personnel involved in smuggling of various types of drugs and narcotics including Phensedyl, wine and hemp from India to Bangladesh.
In 2013, nearly five lakh bottles of phensedyl worth around Rs 3 crore were seized by the BSF.