India- Bangladesh Agreement on Trans-Border Crimes

At 52nd Director General-Level coordination conference, India and Bangladesh agreed to curb trans-border crimes and launch necessary measures for ensuring peace and tranquillity across the border.  The conference was held from July 17 to July 21, 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • During the five-day conference, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) highlighted the need of building mutual trust and harmony between them.
  • Indian side was represented by Director General of BSF General Pankaj Kumar Singh while Bangladesh was represented by DG BGB Major General Shakil Ahmed.
  • Both the sides appreciated mutual concerns and committed to settle down different border issues by means of continued, constructive and positive engagements across all the levels.
  • They also accepted to implement decision of this conference at ground level in spirit.
  • They further agreed to make joint efforts for lowering down the number of incidents of assault and border crime by launching public awareness programmes and developmental programmes across vulnerable areas.
  • Countries also agreed on facilitating river bank protection works across the common bordering rivers, in line with approval given by Joint River Commission.

Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP):

Countries noted the significance of Coordinated Border Management Plan in curbing the instances of smuggling contrabands including narcotics, gold, firearms etc. They also agreed to be cautious and steadfast in curbing smuggling by sharing information in real-time. A Joint Record of Discussions was signed, which includes joint efforts for curbing trans-border crimes by taking extra precautionary measures such as- increased coordinated patrols and enhanced vigilance.

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