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India, Bangladesh border guards conduct joint patrolling

Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Wednesday for the first time organised a joint border patrolling in the Lamkamura area on the outskirts of Agartala for better coordination between each other.

By Pinaki Das

Agartala, May 9 : Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Wednesday for the first time organised a joint border patrolling in the Lamkamura area on the outskirts of Agartala for better coordination between each other.

The new strategy is expected to improve relations between the two border guards and is also expected to prevent infiltration of illegal migrants, smugglers and insurgents.

The step is seen as a significant achievement of the three-day talks of IG-DDG level talks held at Chittagong in Bangladesh that ended on April 25.

BDR Camp Commander of Akhaura, Arun Kumar Mukharjee said, "In a good atmosphere, the joint patrolling takes place and different bilateral issued are discussed which will help in not only maintain peace and harmony in both the countries but also improve relationship."

Issue concerning confusion at different points on the actual demarcation line and border fencing can be discussed and spot be verified, which will ease the tension and help in better border management, Mukharjee opined.But the relations between the two border guards have not always been so good as the BSF and BDR have a history of violence against each other.

In 2001,16 BSF personnel were captured and killed by the BDR at Boraibari on the India-Bangladesh border. Again in 2003, BSF and BDR faced a standoff over the identity of 213 illegal migrants at West Bengal's Cooch Behar border. In 2005, BDR captured and killed BSF's Assistant Commandant Jeevan Kumar at the Lankamura area, where today the joint patrolling took place.

Earlier this year, there was a BSF-BDR clash in Karimganj sector, in which four people were killed.

ANI

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