‘Terrorists still operate from Bangladesh’

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Satinder K Lamba on Thursday said that terrorists and insurgents continue to operate from Bangladesh,despite the government’s efforts to contain them

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 6, 2012 12:06 am

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Satinder K Lamba on Thursday said that terrorists and insurgents continue to operate from Bangladesh,despite the government’s efforts to contain them.

“There’s a need to sustain the current levels of cooperation to jointly eradicate the menace of insurgency,terrorism and militancy from our soil,” he said,while delivering the keynote address at the Fourth India-Bangladesh Security Dialogue,organised by the Observer Research Foundation.

Lamba said it was well-known that terrorists,insurgents,militants and criminal elements respect no civilian law and territorial boundaries.

“Some of these groups and their associated agencies continue to have their hideouts and network of fake Indian currency notes in Bangladesh,” he said.

He said that India greatly appreciated the efforts of the Bangladesh government in taking actions against such elements operating from that country.

Noting that three security-related agreements have already been signed between the two countries,he hoped the Extradition Treaty will be finalised soon to complete the process of putting in place the framework for cooperation on security-related matters.

Lamba pointed out that due to the porous nature of the India-Bangladesh border,there has been considerable cross-border criminal activity,including illegal trade in arms and explosives,counterfeit currency,trafficking in narcotics and women and children.

“These problems pose a threat to the social and economic well-being of both India and Bangladesh,” he said.

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