India voices tough on border killings

Border Security Force of India on Monday assured Bangladesh that it would not tolerate the killing of innocent Bangladeshis on borders, BDR Director General Major General Mainul Islam said.
Islam, who is now leading a 19-member delegation at a high level meeting at the BSF headquarters in New Delhi, said India also promised to crackdown on illegal phensidyl manufacturing factories along the borders with Bangladesh.
A three-day meeting of the senior officials from BDR and BSF started on Monday against the backdrop of recent tension on Jaintapur border following the BSF intrusion into Bangladesh territory.
The Bangladesh team, also comprising officials of home, water resources and foreign ministries, pressed for a flag meeting to decelerate tension along the border with Meghalaya, Pallab Bhattacharya reports from New Delhi.
BDR chief expressed concerns over intrusion by Indian tribal Khasias and BSF personnel into Bangladesh territory along Jaintia Hills and Dibir Haor.
The Indian side brought the issue of cross-border movement of insurgents from North East India on the table and pitched for joint patrolling.
India also appreciated Bangladesh’s cooperation in arresting some top Ulfa leaders.
The BDR chief is scheduled to call on Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai.