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Extradition deal with India in Jan

Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to sign an extradition treaty and a Revised Travel Agreement (RTA) next month.

India is considering Bangladesh's request for handing over its most wanted criminal Subrata Bain, said Shambhu Singh, joint secretary in Indian home ministry.

The felon was arrested in Kolkata last month after he escaped from a jail in Nepal.

Seeking to address a major concern of Bangladesh over border killings by the Border Security Force (BSF), India agreed not to resort to firing unless fired upon or attacked by armed criminals, said a joint statement yesterday.

It came following talks between visiting Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Sushilkumar Shinde at the latter's North Block office here.

The extradition treaty and the RTA would be signed during the proposed visit of the Indian home minister to Dhaka next month.

The delegation-level meeting between the two ministers agreed that "incidents of deaths and loss of lives on the border are extremely unfortunate and regrettable."

"The number of such incidents has steadily come down in the last few years. However, even loss of one life is too many. To ensure that no such incident takes place in future, India and Bangladesh must work together and further enhance cooperation between the border guarding forces to eliminate illegal trans-border activities,” read the statement.

The two countries agreed to increase cooperation to address security concerns and also to implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan.

The two ministers reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border issues and not to allow their respective territories to be used for any activity inimical to each other's interests.

Responding to the request of Bangladesh for tracking down, apprehend and handing over of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, India reassured that it would extend all possible cooperation to Bangladesh in this regard if they (killers) are in India.

Riasaldar Mosleuddin, who had fired at Bangabandhu, is suspected to be hiding in India.

Both the countries agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation and vigilance to control the smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and discussed stopping the smuggling of narcotics and psychotropic substances.

The meeting also decided that the next home minister-level talks would be held in Dhaka next month.

Asked about the repatriation of ULFA leader Anup Chetia from Bangladesh, Shinde said the issue was not discussed in the meeting.

The Bangladesh home minister said his country stood by its commitment to repatriate Chetia to India, but the latter had approached the Bangladesh Supreme Court seeking political asylum and the issue was still pending with the court.

About finalising the land boundary agreement between the two countries, Shinde said there was a need for constitutional amendment in Indian parliament and the government was taking necessary steps for it.

Alamgir, who arrived here earlier in the day, led a 12-member Bangladeshi delegation at the talks.

The visiting delegation included Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq A Karim and additional secretaries in the home ministry, Kamaluddin Ahmed and Shafiqul Islam.

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