Maloy Kumar Dutta
FENI, April 15, 2018 (BSS) - An intensified joint vigil of Bangladeshi and Indian frontier guards proved effective in confronting crimes in bordering areas in the southeastern Feni district, particularly in stopping the smuggling of contraband drugs, BGB officials said here today.
Border Guard Bangladesh's (BGB) Battalion 4 Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Colonel Md Sahidur Rahman told a media briefing that they launched a coordinated and intensified point patrol with India's Border Security Force (BSF) in 2016 in the 103 kilometers border with Feni.
"We are conducting an intensified joint patrolling and drives the bordering areas to curb the trans-border crimes particularly smuggling," he told the briefing at Majumderhat Border Observation Post at southeastern Belonia Land Port here as a 11-member delegation of Indian journalists both print and electronic media came to Bangladesh at the invitation of BGB.
Talking to BSS, Rahman said there were 17 outposts of the BGB 4 Battalion which covers the Feni frontier including Belonia Land Port and Parshuram while BSF have 27 outposts along the Tripura state in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh.
"We have seized contraband drugs, liquirs, sarees, cosmetics items and cumin worth around Taka 30 crore in last year," Rahman said.
Indian sarees, phensidyl, liquirs including wine and whisky and cumin are mostly being smuggled from India while fishes, clothes including jeans and t-shirts from Bangladesh to India.
The CO said they often conduct joint drives and patrolling to stop trans-boundary crimes and to ensure safety of the people living in the bordering areas.
He said border killing is now at zero level in Feni areas because of their joint initiatives of BGB and BSF. "We are working to curb the trans-border crimes at zero level to keep continue the friendly relations between the two neighboring countries," he said.
The Indian journalists delegation have visited Majumderhat BOP, Parsuram BOP in the district today while they will visit Chittagong and Cox's Bazar tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
Six Bangladeshi journalists from capital Dhaka and dozens of local correspondents of different print and electronic media are accompanying the Indian delegation.
BGB officials of the 4-Battalion were present during the visit.