Bangladeshi authorities say they have lodged a formal complaint with
India over the presence of Indian ships in contested waters in the Bay
A spokesman at Bangladesh's foreign ministry said the foreign secretary
summoned India's High Commissioner, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, to his
office today (Saturday). The spokesman said Bangladesh asked India to immediately withdraw all of its ships from the contested waters.
Chakravarty said the vessels are privately-owned chartered ships, with no connection to India's navy.
Bangladesh sent two warships into the contested waters Friday after
Bangladeshi officials said Indian vessels were spotted there apparently
exploring for gas.
Bangladesh says it wants India to halt oil exploration activities until both sides can agree on the boundary issue.