A five-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday in a friendly atmosphere. .
BSF Director-General Ashish Kumar Mitra is leading an 18-member Indian delegation at the border conference, while the BDR Director General Major General Shakil Ahmed is leading a 22-member delegation.
BDR sources said Bangladesh and India agreed to exchange information about criminals and reached a consensus on completing development works within 150 yards of the zero-line considering the interest of the local people across the common border.
The conference between the BDR and the BSF are discussing a host of outstanding issues, including the killing of innocent Bangladeshis by the Indian border guards.
The conference will conclude with the signing of Joint Records of Discussions on October 29.
Among the host of outstanding issues placed on the table for sorting out are the killing, kidnapping and detaining of Bangladeshi nationals, smuggling of illegal arms and ammo, explosives, drugs and phensidyl, trespasses and push-in of Bengali-speaking Indian nationals.