The District Magistrates (DMs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of border districts in five North East states and their Bangladeshi counterparts will meet in New Delhi towards the end of next month, sources said. After a similar meeting proposed to be held in June in Chittagong in Bangladesh was postponed, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is now organising the meeting in New Delhi, they added.
“The idea is to get the Bangladeshi DMs and SPs to New Delhi towards the end of August or early September for an exchange of information. There will be a half-day workshop for them. The meeting will also be attended by the DMs and SPs of our districts bordering Bangladesh,” said a source.
“After a gap of several years, such district-level meetings between the two sides have resumed over the past two years. The last meeting proposed in Chittagong on June 24 had to be put off as the dates were not mutually acceptable,” said an official.
DMs and SPs of South Tripura, Gomati, Sepahijala and Dhalai districts were slated to meet their Bangladeshi counterparts during a one-day meet in Chittagong, during which cross-border crimes such as narcotics smuggling and trafficking, cattle-lifting, border haats, border fencing & management, and terrorism were to be discussed. Repairs of border pillars, integrated check-posts and real-time sharing of information on criminals were also discussed, sources said.
Curbing cross-border crimes and terrorism were discussed between PM Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina during Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June.