India not following fencing rules: Bangla

The chief of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), who is here for bi-annual talks, alleged Monday that India was not following certain rules when it came to fencing its border areas.

Some patches of land, especially the riverine ones, which have not been fenced yet are a bone of contention both for security and administrative reasons between the two countries. India shares 4096.7 km-long boundary with Bangladesh, out of which 2520.610 km has been fenced and 2576 km is yet to be completed. India has decided to go for single row fencing in such patches.

Major General Aziz Ahmed, who is in Delhi to attend the Director General-level talks with the Border Security Force, told The Indian Express that "there were instances when certain rules were not followed when it came to the BSF fencing the border areas". "We cannot fence the border, it is the job of the BSF but our teams are present there to assist them. We raised the issue with our counterparts present at the border outposts; we try to sort out the issues at our level," the BGB chief said.

Ahmed, who is heading a 23-member delegation, said that the Land Border Agreement between the two countries was a "political issue and it was being sorted at that level".

During his three-day visit, Ahmed will meet senior officers of the BSF, Home and External Affairs ministries and the Survey of India.

The BSF will raise the issue of Indian insurgent groups and the destruction of their hideouts in Bangladesh. When asked about the hideouts of insurgent groups in the border areas of Bangladesh, Ahmed said, "There are no such terror camps run in our country. Whenever we get an information from the BSF, we check the specific, but have never found anything. Where does the question of demolishing the camps arise then?"

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