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Stop firing on border

BGB asks BSF

Border Guard Bangladesh demanded an end to firing on the border at a deputy director general-level meeting with Indian Border Security Force on the Tamabil border in Sylhet yesterday afternoon.

The meeting was part of a four-day conference that began on Monday at a hotel in Sylhet city and ended yesterday.

The BGB asked the Indian force not to build anything permanently within 150 yards of the border.

The BSF, on the other hand, demanded completion of the barbed wire fence along the 610 km border of the Sylhet division, a BGB official said.

Both sides agreed to strengthen joint patrols on the frontier.

BGB Deputy Director General Abu Sayeed Khan led the 14-member Bangladeshi delegation while BSF Inspector General of Meghalaya Sudesh Kumar headed the 21-member Indian delegation.

Other sessions at the conference discussed trespassing, kidnapping of Bangladeshis on the border and smuggling of items -- such as Phensedyl, liquor, cannabis, arms from the Indian states of Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura.

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