Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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BDR, BSF open talks to ease border tension

A five-day director general level border talks between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began at the BDR headquarters in the city yesterday.

BSF Director General Ajay Raj Sharma, who arrived in the capital Wednesday, is leading a 15-member Indian delegation to the talks while BDR Director General Major General M Jahangir Alam Chowdhury leading a 19-member home side team.

The issues of killing and kidnapping of Bangladeshis by the BSF and Indian citizens, intrusion of Indians into Bangladesh, push-in of Bangla-speaking Indians by the BSF, illegal structure within 150 yards of the border line, cross-border crimes and prevention of woman and child trafficking will also come up for discussion during the talks, sources said.

The ties between the two countries got worse because of some sensitive issues such as illegal migrants and weeklong face-off over 213 victims of Indian push-in through the border with Cooch Bihar district of West Bengal early last year.

Tensions over these matters ran so high that it required ministerial-level meeting between the two countries to control the situation.

Senior officials of the home and foreign ministries, Land Record and Survey Department, Bangladesh-India Joint River Commission and BDR sector commanders are attending the meeting.