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Friday , June 12 , 2015

BSF submits hideout list

Shillong, June 11: The BSF has handed over a list of more than 30 hideouts of militant outfits, including that of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), located in Bangladesh soil to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

The camps belong to GNLA, A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK), A'chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) and others, a BSF official informed.

The list was given during the four-day border coordination conference of BSF inspectors-general and BGB region commanders, which concluded here today.

The BSF, which was led by Meghalaya BSF Frontier inspector-general Sudesh Kumar, handed over a list of 39 hideouts of different militant outfits located in the neighbouring country.

At a similar conference held here in March last year, the BSF had given a list of 66 militant camps, including that of Ulfa (anti-talks), NDFB (Songbijit faction), Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), operating from Bangladesh's soil, to the BGB.

Moreover, the Indian delegation took up issues on violation of the international border by Bangladeshi nationals for committing crimes in the Indian territory including theft, dacoity, kidnapping and poaching.

"The BSF also insisted that pumping of fake Indian currency notes from Bangladesh to India be checked. Pending issues relating to single-row fencing and development works were also raised during the conference from the BSF side," the official said.

The BGB delegation, led by additional director-general (region commander Northeast region) Md Latiful Haider, assured that the BGB would take "appropriate action" on all the issues raised. He also said that a number of operations had already been carried out against Indian insurgent groups in Bangladesh.

The BGB delegation raised the issue of killing of Bangladeshi nationals at the border by Indian civilians. It requested logistics support from the BSF and use of Indian roads for maintaining and constructing of border outposts in hilly and remote areas in Bangladesh.

"In response, the BSF gave an assurance to support in all respects. All the discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere and both the border-guarding forces agreed to resolve the pending issues amicably. The bond of friendship, trust and cooperation has strengthened after the conference," the official said.

The BSF delegation comprised 21 members including the BSF inspector-general of Tripura, Mizoram and Cachar frontiers along with representatives of Narcotics Control Board, Central Water Commission and others.

There were 20 members in the BGB delegation, including representatives of the home ministry, Narcotics Control Board, Joint Water Commission and land survey.

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