Director General of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) DK Pathan yesterday said efforts would be taken to bring the killings on the Bangladesh-India border to zero level.
He assured this during a courtesy meet with the BGB officials at Banglabandha Zero point of the border in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh district.
After the meeting, Regional Commander of Rangpur Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Brigadier General Latiful Haidar told the reporters at a press briefing that the courtesy meet between the officials of two border guards was held in very cordial atmosphere.
DK Pathan assured BGB of reducing the border killings to zero level while BGB appealed him not to hand over Bangladeshi nationals to Indian police following detention on charge of intrusion.
BGB asked BSF to hand the Bangladeshis over to BGB who cross the border illegally, the Regional Commander said.
During the short meeting, the two sides also agreed to maintain peace along the border and resist different trans-border crimes through joint cooperation. They also stressed on showing highest restraint in special circumstances and resolving border problems though discussion.
The other issues discussed at the meeting included curbing drug smuggling, intrusion and trafficking of women and children.
Earlier the BGB Regional Commander Latiful Haidar welcomed BSF DG DK Pathan by offering a flower bouquet when he reached the zero point at 9:20am.
The BSF DG also gave a crest to BGB regional commanding officer. They also exchanged some gifts.
Acting Sector Commander of Thakurgaon BGB Lt. Colonel Kamal Ahmed, Commanding Officer of 18, BGB Battalion Lt. Colonel Ariful Haque and Inspector General of North Bengal Frontier of BSF SK Sudha and others were present.