Border killing to be discussed in Guwahati talks: BGB chief

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:07, Dec 21,2020


The Border Guard Bangladesh chief on Sunday said that the force’s delegation would raise the border killing issue in the five-day talks with his counterpart in Indian Border Security Force to be held in Guwahati of Assam from December 22.

Bangladesh, this year until now, has witnessed the highest number of killing of its nationals along the border by BSF personnel in a decade.

BGB director general Major General Md Shafeenul Islam was talking to reporters at its headquarters at Pilkhana in the capital on the occasion of the raising day of the border force. 

Shafeenul said that they were making an all-out effort from their side to reduce the number of border killings to zero, adding that they were trying to educate the border people so that they do not trespass on Indian land.

The BGB chief also said that they were engaging the public representatives in the bordering areas so that they can help prevent people from illegal border crossing or any criminal activities.

He said that if they could educate the border populations and make them financially solvent, border killings could be minimised.

The number of Bangladeshis killed till December 16 in the current year stood at 45 as at least nine of them were killed after newly-appointed BSF DG Rakesh Asthana on September 19 made a fresh promise to bring down the figure to zero.

The total number of killings was 45 between January 1 and December 16.

The BGB chief said that they had donated 100 boats to fishermen in border areas to be self-dependent financially. 

He also asked the force’s officers and rankers to discharge their duty with honesty, efficiency, determination and compassion.

The BGB chief said that the members of the force should learn from its past and should protect the force from errant elements.

‘Treat your duty as prayer,’ he advised.

The BGB is working to shorten the gap between border outposts to guard the unprotected borders, especially in Chattogram, while the technological advancement and training would strengthen the force, he said.

The BGB gave its battalions and individuals awards for their annual performance in the fields of seizure of contraband and protection of the border.

Bangladesh shares a 4,156-kilometre-long border with five Indian states.

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