Insurgency in Chattogram Hill Tracts region by criminals using adjacent Indian states, border killing by Indian Border Security Force and trafficking and smuggling along with the land and maritime borders are likely to dominate the talks between Bangladesh and India at the level of home secretaries.
The two-day talks, beginning on Saturday, were due for about four years.
It would be held on a virtual platform as the Indian side expressed their incapacity to travel to Dhaka for the meeting in the COVID-19 situation, said the officials at the Bangladesh home ministry.
The meeting would set grounds on border management and security issues for two high-level meetings set to be held physically in Dhaka at the levels of foreign ministers on March 4 and prime ministers on March 27, said the officials.
The Bangladesh side has been facing insurgent activities in the Chattogram Hill Tracts region by criminals sheltered in bordering Indian areas and the matter is likely to be raised in the meeting of the home secretaries, according to the officials.
Border Guard Bangladesh also raised the matter in a DG-level meeting with the Indian Border Security Force in December last year seeking to destroy armed insurgent groups, who set up camps and hideouts in India’s Mizoram, the officials said.
Visa restrictions by the Indian authorities, smuggling of drugs, human trafficking, and setting fences along the borders by India would also be discussed in talks.
The home ministry’s senior secretary for public security division M Shahiduzzaman will lead the Bangladesh side in the talks.
An advance team comprising security and other officials of India reached Dhaka for assessing security and logistic issues for the visit of prime minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in the last week of March.
Modi is likely to hold a summit with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on March 27.
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