DG level talks of BSF and BDR put off
The meeting was postponed as the government felt that the situation in Bangladesh was "not conducive for talks".india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 22:24 IST
The biannual meeting between the Director Generals of BSF and Bangladesh Rifles, scheduled to begin in Dhaka from Friday, was on Wednesday put off as the situation in that country was found not conducive for talks.
The five-day meeting, which was to take place after an unusual gap of more than a year, was aimed at breaking fresh grounds against the backdrop of regular skirmishes between the forces along the porous Indo-Bangla border.
The meeting was postponed as the government felt that the situation in Bangladesh was "not conducive for talks" in view of a mass action programme planned by Awami League from Sunday to gear up for the upcoming general elections, sources told.
The talks assumed importance as it was to be the first meeting between BSF Director General AK Mitra and his BDR counterpart Shakeel Ahamed. Both of them took charge of their respective forces recently.
Significantly, the BSF-BDR DG level talks were cancelled twice earlier in April and July due to technical glitches. The last meeting was held in September last year in which both the sides agreed to strengthen confidence building measures.
During the deliberations, the Indian side was planning to raise issues like infiltration from Bangladesh, narcotics and cattle smuggling along the border and dismantling of Indian insurgent groups operating in that country.