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India pledges zero casualties on B'desh border
Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 29, 2012
First Published: 14:20 IST(29/9/2012)
Last Updated: 14:23 IST(29/9/2012)

The country's border agency chief says he is working with Bangladesh to bring down the number of people killed along the two countries' porous border. The pledge to bring casualties to zero comes amid concern that Indian soldiers are too aggressive.

Border director UK Bansal told a news conference on Saturday that steps have already been taken to cut the number of casualties.

He says six Bangladeshis have been killed by Border Security Force in 2012. The number was 55 in 2009.

He says the two sides have discussed issues like illegal migration, smuggling and other cross-border crimes at a five-day border conference in Dhaka.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has repeatedly criticized the Indian force in recent years for killing too many Bangladeshis along the border.

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