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Indian says Bangladesh a friendly country

Correspondent, Agartala, India
The revolt in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) may have ended disastrously, but brought it and Indian counterpart the Border Security Force (BSF) closure. The incumbent director general of BDR Major General Moinul Hossain even flew to New Delhi to express thanks to the BSF and the union home minister for India's support extended during hours of crisis.  

BSF Director General M.L. Kumawat also said the responsive tie between the neighbouring countries has actually started taking shape after installation of present (Awami League) government in Dhaka. The change was more witnessed when Bangladesh announced it would take action against the Indian rebels amounting to an acceptance to presence of such elements in that country, he told newsmen in Agartala on Saturday at end of his three day visit to Tripura state.  

When asked whether Bangladesh has factually taken measures against the rebels of northeast India established camps in Bangladesh, he replied, “Yes they have taken some action including dismantling camps”. He refused to divulge details of the operations and stated BDR has now been friendly like their government.  

India shares a total 4096km boundary with Bangladesh where unlike the western sector BSF has the sole responsibility to manage the border. Issues like augmentation of BSF strength, completing barbed wire fencing and building up border out posts (BSF) have been in top priority of the union home ministry in the revised security measures in wake of 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai.

But India appears to be less concerned on threat perception in its eastern frontier amidst improved relation with Bangladesh. M.L. Kumawat opined that during 'unfortunate' mutiny India complied with requests from Bangladesh. “They (Bangladesh) mainly wanted we prevent entry of BDR rebels and we were successful on our part”, he added.  

The new BDR Director General Major General Major General Moinul Hossain visited Delhi to thank BSF and the union home minister P. Chidambaram for all that cooperation during the rebellion in BDR. He identified western border more sensitive and Pakistan's Rangers are not at all 'friendly' as they encourage and abet anti India elements.

“We don't have any idea over Taliban's presence in Jammu and Kashmir, but we are prepared to deal with any eventuality ….they would be dealt with firmly”, BSF DG warned. He announced that BSF is fully prepared to quell infiltration from across the border.  

He underlined India's plan to raise 29 more BSF battalions, create several more Border out Posts and ensure better civic amenities in BSF barracks. Kumawat advised BSF officers to ensure that border population do not suffer anyway while ensuring security and give more access to the fenced out people.

April 25, 2009