From a correspondent
SHILLONG, July 15: Bangladesh has adopted ‘zero tolerance’ policy against any kind of militant activities on its soil, an official of the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) said on Saturday.
According to Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) Additiol Director General, Region Commander, North East Region, Md Zahid Hasan, the presence of militant camp from the Northeast in Bangladesh are only ‘perceptions’.
“Frankly speaking, there are no militants from India taking shelter in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has toughest stand on this and zero tolerance on any militant activities. We are very sure that there are no such of insurgents operating in Bangladesh,” Hasan told jourlists at the end of the four-day Border Coordition Conference between Border Security Force (BSF) and BGB held at BSF’s Meghalaya Frontier headquarters.
“We will firmly act if there is any,” Hasan added.
PK Dubey, Inspector General, BSF, Meghalaya Frontier said that there are no camps of any Indian insurgent groups in Bangladesh.
“This is because of the concerted efforts at all levels right from the Prime Minister up to the last jawans. There are no militants in Bangladesh like it used to be ten years ago,” Dubey said.
He said that the militants from India are now hiding in the deep forest areas and also in some of the relatives’ place by changing their identity and also by marrying some locals who are residing along the intertiol borders.
“We also had a discussion with the Director General of Meghalaya Police on this issue. Action plan has been drawn to find out the details about the presence of militants along the intertiol border. We are getting cooperation from the BGB in this regard. Our intelligence agencies are trying to get the information about the presence of militants and such information will be forwarded accordingly to the BGB,” Dubey said.
The BGB, Additiol Director General has also expressed Bangladesh’s concern over the terror attack in its Northeastern city of Sylhet in the month of May, allegedly by Islamic State militants even as he said that there are no IS militants in that country.
“These kinds of crimils do not have any tiolity. All of our concerns are the same. Particularly in Bangladesh, the Government has taken high possible stand on it. There is no such organisation in Bangladesh,” Hasan added.
Meanwhile, on the issue of cattle smuggling the BGB delegation urged India to prevent Indian citizens to stop indulging in this racket.
“Both the tiols (Indian & Bangladeshi) are involved in this smuggling. The cattle are coming from deep inside India. We have requested the BSF not allow the Indian tiol to be indulge in this racket,” Hasan informed jourlists.
The BGB official said that cattle smuggling from India is harming Bangladesh’s economy.
According to Hasan Bangladesh’s dairy industry can grow and take care of ourselves and have requested its Indian counterparts to stop smuggling and other related issues can be resolved if cattle smuggling is stopped.
Bangladesh has zero tolerance policy against militant activities: BGB
From a correspondent