Agartala: The Border Security Force (BSF) will enquire about its Bangladesh counterparts at a meeting next week to dismantle hideouts set up by militants from India’s northeast in the neighbouring country, officials said.
A meeting between senior officials of BSF and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be held in Meghalaya capital Shillong Dec 12-15 to assume strategies to equally tackle terrorism, infiltration, border crimes and other border related problems.
A BSF official told reporters that “Though BGB and Bangladeshi security forces have already taken some action against the Indian militants taking shelter in their territory, there are over 50 camps (of northeast terrorists) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeast Bangladesh and Sylhet besides other regions.”
“Mostly, separatist outfits belonging to Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya have some permanent and some transit camps on Bangladeshi soil adjoining India,” the official said.
Presently, over 70 BSF battalions are deployed for security along the India-Bangladesh border and for counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.
To uphold helpful vigil along the frontier with Bangladesh, the distance between two border outposts is expected to be reduced from the present.
In the meeting, BSF’s Inspector General SK Mishra will lead the Indian side. The Bangladesh side will be headed by the Deputy Director General (DDG) of BGB Brigadier General Abu Sayeed Khan.