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12:00 AM, December 30, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:02 AM, December 30, 2019

Trespassing will not be allowed

Says BGB chief; reiterates that NRC India’s internal issue

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is an internal affair of India but nobody would be allowed to enter Bangladesh illegally, said Maj Gen Shafeenul Islam, chief of Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday.

He made the remark while wrapping up the BGB-BSF biannual conference in India.

Responding to a question, he said cooperation between the border guarding forces of Bangladesh and India is very good.

The BGB, in a press release, said it protested shooting, injuring and killing unarmed Bangladeshi nationals at the border and discussed the ways to stop such acts.

Issues of illicit drugs -- yaba, phensidyl, alcohol, marijuana, heroin -- and arms smuggling from India to Bangladesh were also raised during the meeting, read the press release.

The conference also discussed on effective implementation of the Comprehensive Border Management Plan (CBMP) for smooth border management and resolving border related problems.

Shafeenul told the press conference that the BGB would continue to work to prevent illegal crossings into India.

Shafeenul, heading an 11-member BGB delegation, is now in India for the DG-level border talks with their counterparts the Border Security Force (BSF).

Asked about the provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the BGB chief said he would not like to make any comment on it.

Replying to a question on the death of a BSF jawan allegedly by a BGB trooper along the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal in October, Shafeenul said it was an unfortunate, unwarranted and unexpected incident.

“An inquiry is still on...we will take necessary steps,” he added.

BSF DG V K Johri said the incident was unwarranted and unfortunate and that “there are lessons to be learnt.”

“We are preparing a detailed standard operating procedure in the wake of this incident that took place along the riverine border along Bangladesh,” Johri said.

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