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12:00 AM, April 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 11, 2009

Cross-border crimes go up after carnage

It's dropping fast, says BDR DG

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Cross-border movement of criminals, and trafficking of illicit goods including small arms increased alarmingly in the days following the events in Pilkhana Headquarters of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), observed an internal security report.
The national security is likely to be affected by the recent development, and trafficking of illegal weapons might rise taking advantage of it, the report cautioned.
Director General of BDR Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam however told The Daily Star over the phone yesterday that the number of illegal cross-border activities has been dropping fast with the increasing activities of the border security force, initiated lately.
"Our border patrol activities have increased with the passing of time. We've tightened the control on the border areas resulting in arrests of illegal intruders, and seizure of illegal goods," he observed.
The internal security report, submitted to the highest authorities of the government in early April, observed that the post BDR mutiny time has been marked by sharp increase of different illegal activities across all frontiers of Bangladesh. It identified the illegal activities as trafficking of women and children, and illicit narcotics, and smuggling of arms and ammunitions.
It mentioned that the price of a bottle of illicit narcotic, phensydil, had been around Tk 700 before the events in the BDR headquarters, the price of which nose dived to around Tk 350 since then, due to massive increase in inbound smuggling of the drug.
It also observed, "Since most of the members of different battalions of BDR were either directly or indirectly involved in the mutiny and lawlessness of February 25 and 26, so most of them are in a state of confusion and dilemma about their careers and future until the investigation is over. That is why, many of them are not playing an active role in guarding the borders and in curbing smuggling."
Quoting anonymous sources the report mentioned, "Keeping in mind the uncertainty of their future, some of them are even trying to ensure a future by getting themselves involved in cross-border smuggling."
The report, which was also sent to the Ministry of Homes Affairs, and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), noted that many army officers deputed to BDR are carrying out their duties staying in nearest cantonments or circuit houses or rest houses, instead of staying at their command posts, feeling insecure.
The new BDR DG however said the officers are closely monitoring the situation by taking over their command positions, which he said boosted the morale of the jawans. "Now the situation at the borders is under our total control," Maj Gen Mainul said.
The security report advised the government to initiate coordinated efforts at the foreign and home affairs ministries levels with India and Myanmar to ensure meaningful security at the border areas. The report also advised the government for strengthening the activities of all internal law enforcement agencies in light of the border situation.
Bangladesh shares nearly 4,000 kilometres or 2,500 miles of land and maritime borders with its neighbours India and Myanmar.
The mutiny and the subsequent atrocities in the BDR headquarters of Pilkhana in the capital left the paramilitary border force in a fragile state. A total of 76 persons including 54 army officers deputed to the force were killed by the mutineers.

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