BDR DG leaves for Delhi today
Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Maj General Mainul Islam will leave for New Delhi today to attend a 'courtesy border conference' with his Indian counterpart ML Kumawat.
Mainul, who took the helm of the paramilitary border force after the February 25-26 carnage inside Pilkhana, was promoted to the rank of major general from brig general yesterday.
Earlier, the six-day DG-level conference between the border guards of Bangladesh and India, which was scheduled to start in New Delhi on March 27, has been cut short by three days due to the last month's massacre.
Home ministry sources said the conference would no longer be a formal one to resolve outstanding issues and border-related crises as both sides agreed to go ahead with the talks, making it a courtesy conference.
There will also be no agenda for the conference where the BDR DG will lead a six-member delegation.
The BDR chief will express his gratitude to Indian BSF for its cooperation in maintaining a peaceful border during the mutiny at the BDR headquarters.
Mainul is scheduled to return to Dhaka on April 1.
Talking to The Daily Star, the DG said they would visit India to be introduced with the counterparts, adding: “It will be courtesy visit and we will shorten our visit from six days to three days.”