Bangladesh and India have agreed to share the intelligence to combat trans-border crimes; the decision was taken at a five-day India and Bangladesh Director General-level border talks which is underway in Guwahati.
In the meeting, both the sides have stressed on real-time exchange of information about the activities of the arms traders in both the countries in a bid to prevent the border crime, including smuggling of arms and ammunition, reports the United News of India.
Also on the table for discussion was the issue of "smuggling of various types of illicit drugs from India to Bangladesh including Yaba Tablets, Phensidyl, Alcohol, Cannabis or Ganja, Heroin and Viagra or Senegra".
Implementation of river bank conservation works in the border areas of both the countries was also on the table.
The 5-day Director General-level talks from 22 December to 26 December is being held to deliberate border related issues and to "enable better coordination than before, between the two border guarding forces" with special focus on addressing and streamlining mechanisms to curb various trans-border crimes and real-time sharing of information between both border guarding forces.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Major General Md Shafeenul Islam is heading the 11-member Bangladesh delegation while the 12-member Indian delegation is being led by the Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Rakesh Asthana at the routine border conference at Guwahati.
The conference will formally conclude on 25 December with the signing of the Joint Record of Discussions (JRD).