India, Bangladesh border forces discuss issues in Tripura

Agartala:A four-day long Inspector General-level meeting between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) began here on Sunday to discuss and resolve border issues between the two neighbouring countries. A 21-member delegation of BGB led by its Chittagong sector Regional Director Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim arrived here for the meeting with BSF led by Tripura frontier Inspector General J.B. Sangwan. "Currently relation between the two border guards is excellent. We are cooperating with each other to deal with any border-related issues. Except some minor issues, no major problems exist along the India-Bangladesh borders now," Karim told the media at the Akhaura check post. "Border crimes, smuggling, erection of fencing at zero points in certain places along the border, cross-border movement of inimical elements would be discussed in the meeting," a BSF official said. "Such meetings to resolve pending border issues happen routinely both in India and Bangladesh after a regular interval," the official added. Four northeastern states of India -- Tripura (856 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) -- share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh. Of the 856 km India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, a little over 85 percent is fenced so far.