The Border Guard Bangladesh has finalised plans ahead of the next general election and sought cooperation from both border forces of India and Myanmar to keep the borders protected, safe and normal.
Border guard director general Major General Md Shafeenul Islam at a briefing at its headquarters in Dhaka said that they needed support from Border Security Force of India and Border Guard Police of Myanmar during the polls as deployment of border guards in border would decrease because election duty.
‘We have finalised plans for our duty during the next general election,’ the border guard chief said, adding that the move was taken to keep ‘our border safe, protected and normal.
The briefing was arranged following his visit to India to attend the 47th director general-level Border Co-ordination Conference between the border guards and the Border Security Force of India ended on September 7 in New Delhi.
The BGB chief said that border guards would deploy as much force as possible to maintain law and order across the country during the national elections.
‘To be able to deploy as much manpower as possible during the national polls, we will keep all the training processes shut. Officials will be hardly allowed to take leave and all the other workloads will be minimised,’ he said.
Asked about the unguarded areas of the border with India and arms smuggling ahead of the national polls, he said, ‘We have been giving extra efforts for the past three months to stop illegal arms smuggling through the border as it was the second in the agendas of the director general-level meeting with BSF.’
He stated that border guards recovered 53 firearms between January 1 and September 9.
The BGB chief also said that ‘fruitful discussions’ took place regarding border killings, smuggling of firearms and drugs, expansion of the area of crime-free zone and other important issues in the conference.
On September 7, BSF praised the border guards and other Bangladeshi agencies for their role in searching out Indian insurgents. Shafeenul Islam, however, earlier said that there was no existence of such group in Bangladesh.
BSF chief KK Sharma also praised border guards and other law enforcement agencies for assisting India in preventing circulation of fake Indian currency notes.