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Cross-border crimes surge after BDR mutiny: Report

Cross-border movement of criminals and trafficking of arms "increased alarmingly" in the aftermath of the bloody mutiny by the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), according to a security report.

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 21:47 IST

Cross-border movement of criminals and trafficking of arms "increased alarmingly" in the aftermath of the bloody mutiny by the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), according to a security report.

The report, submitted to the government in early April, warned that national security is likely to be affected by the recent development, and trafficking of illegal weapons might rise taking advantage of it.

The mutiny, which had virtually left the international border unguarded, led to the killing of 76 people, including 54 army officers. Bangladesh shares nearly 4,000 kilometres of land and maritime borders with its neighbours India and Myanmar.

According to the report, the post BDR mutiny phase has been marked by sharp increase in cross border illegal activities, including trafficking of women and children, narcotics and and smuggling of arms and ammunitions, the Daily Star said on Saturday.

"Since most of the members of different battalions of BDR were either directly or indirectly involved in the mutiny and lawlessness of February 25 and 26, so most of them are in a state of confusion and dilemma about their careers and future until the investigation is over," it warned.

"That is why, many of them are not playing an active role in guarding the borders and in curbing smuggling," said the report sent to the Ministry of Homes Affairs.