BGB can patrol in Indian land along border: Minister

New Age Online

Home-minister-Asaduzzaman-KhanThe Border Guard Bangladesh can use Indian land for their patrol in remote areas along the border, the home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, said on Sunday.
‘The Indian government has assured us of taking necessary steps for allowing BGB to use their land for patrolling remote border areas,’ he told a press briefing about his visit to India, reports United News of Bangladesh.
The home minister led a 14-member Bangladesh delegation to India.
Besides, the Indian authorities assured Bangladesh of taking necessary steps to bring the border killing to zero level and stop illegal drug trafficking through the border, the minister said.
During the meeting with his Indian counterpart, the minister said, he placed a proposal to ease the visa process for Bangladesh nationals, especially the senior citizens, who visit India every day on business, medical, study and visit purposes. ‘In reply, they said they’ll consider it,’ he said.
Asaduzzaman also said the Indian authorities assured them of taking necessary steps regarding the change of route while returning from India following a request made by the Bangladesh government as the Bangladeshi travellers had no choice to change routes as per the
existing visa conditions.
Meanwhile, both the countries have agreed to repatriate any accused taking shelter in either country following warrants issued by any of the countries’ court, he said. ‘We gave India a list of criminals hiding in the neighbouring country after committing crimes in Bangladesh,’ he added.
Replying to a query about Indian support in curbing militancy, the minister said, ‘The Indian government will provide all-out support in combating terrorism. They’ll also provide advance training to the law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh in this regard.’
During his separate meetings with the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee and the prime minister, Narendra Modi, he said both of them assured him of providing support in fighting out militancy from Bangladesh.
Responding to another query, Asaduzzaman said a lake with walkways would be built in the place of old Dhaka Central Jail in old part of the city. ‘A museum will be built at the place where the four national leaders were assassinated. Besides, a shopping mall with modern facilities will be set up in the place,’ he said.

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