New Delhi, Aug 24 ANI | 4 months ago

The Director General, Border Security Force (BSF), Devendra Kumar Pathak today expressed his satisfaction on the successful discussion held between the BSF and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) during the bi-annual Border Coordination Conference.

Talking to the media at a press conference, Pathak said, "For the last four days we have been having our bi-annual conference. We have deliberated very extensively on the issues concerning both the countries. Whatever the vexed and complex issues on the borders that were there between the two forces have been successfully addressed."

The BSF DG added, "We hope that the relationship between the two forces, which are responsible for managing the borders, grows stronger and stronger."

Responding on the issue of putting an end to smuggling of fake currency notes from the Bangladesh border, DG, BGB, Major General Aziz Ahmed said, "We did not find any kind of fake currency produced in our country. We have no information, nothing could be traced out. However, we have found that it comes or originates from outside and our government and various agencies have taken adequate measures to seize such fake currencies."

"We have installed fake currency detection machineries in all our integrated checkposts and these have been installed in different airports, ports and other places," BGB DG added.

On a question posed at the BSF DG about the firing incidents that takes place on the border, Pathak said: "When we talk about the firing, one has to see for what reason or what context the firing had taken place. If anybody from any nationality, whether Indian or Bangladeshi, indulges in trans-border crime and comes illegally to each other's territory, it is the mandate of the border guarding forces of both the countries and other countries as well to prevent the cross border crime."

He also stressed on the fact that the BSF resorts to firing only under extreme cases and not as a first means of choice.

"We resort to firing only in extreme cases, when all other means of defence by our force personnel has been exhausted. Only when there is eminent danger on the lives of personnel who are guarding the borders, minimum force is used and in that process, sometimes there might be casualties.

(Posted on 25-08-2014)

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