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Bangladesh examines Indian proposals to put marshals on planes

world Updated: May 31, 2010 15:49 IST
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Fearing attacks by terrorists, India has proposed to Bangladesh to put sky marshals on all Dhaka-bound flights and to post its own forces to man security in its mission in Dhaka, which authorities say they are "actively examining".

The proposals are part of new measures India is contemplating in all its missions in neighbouring countries and flights to all these destinations.

"We are examining the nitty-gritty of both the proposals for deployment sky marshals in Indian planes en-route to Bangladesh and their own security personnel at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka," Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes told newsmen at a briefing in Dhaka late last night.

He said, "we expect" to let India know about the decisions soon, which follow a universal practise to ensure security of aircraft and foreign missions.

Mohamed Mijarul Quayes made it clear that the Indian security personnel would stay within the perimeters of the Indian High Commission. New Delhi has similar security dragnet manned by ITBP commandos in its mission in Kabul.

He said a high-level Indian delegation would soon visit in Dhaka for further talks on these proposals.

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Secretary Shafique Alam Mehdi told PTI that the home ministry was examining the proposal for appointment of armed sky marshals onboard Indian civilian planes.