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BGB-BSF jointly to probe border killings
Staff Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 17 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 36
Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, said BGB and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will conduct joint investigation into border killing and other violent incidents.
"We are trying to bring down border killing to zero level," said the BGB DG while briefing the journalists after signing the Joint Record of Discussion (JRD) of the BGB-BSF conference at the BGB headquarters in the city on Monday.  Heads of both the forces in a five-day discussion that began at Pilkhana on May 11, reached the consensus that there will be a joint investigation if incidents like border killings take place, "This way, both sides will have clear information," said Maj Gen Aziz.
Noting that most of the border killings are taking place during cattle smuggling, the BGB DG said incidents of border killing could be reduced if cattle farming could be boosted up in the country, he observed.
A joint press briefing was arranged on the occasion where both the sides agreed to invite journalists of duo to open the activities of the border troopers to public, Maj Gen Aziz said. "We will invite Indian journalists, BSF will invite our journalists."
 "If any incident takes place, our people will go to BSF's side, similarly BSF will come to our side to carry out investigation so that we will be able to know what actually happened," he said.
His Indian counterpart, KK Sharma, director general(DG) of the BSF, said talks were held in most congenial and friendly environment focusing on moving forward to foster cooperation among both forces. The issue of a teenager killed at Chuadanga border on Saturday, while the two forces were in talks in Dhaka, came up during the press conference. "India has already taken a move in this regard," Maj Gen Aziz, BGB chief, said pointing to the suspension of seven BSF troopers on Sunday.
Agenda of the five-day discussion were bringing down the border killings to zero, trespassing at the border, and smuggling of narcotics, firearms and explosives.
A 21-member Indian delegation, led by the Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India Shri KK Sharma took part in the conference. A 23-member team, led by the DG of BGB Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed represented Bangladesh in the conference.  The conference ended on Sunday with the signing of the Joint Record of Discussion (JRD).

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