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Bangladesh taking stern action against anti-India activity: BGB Pradipta Tapadar

Monday, 30 June 2014 - 10:43am IST | Agency: PTI

Border Guard Bangladesh has said it has "zero tolerance" towards any anti-India activity including those by insurgents and was taking "stern" steps in this direction. However, the force refuted media reports about anti-India fidayeen camps operating from Bangladeshi territory. "I have never heard of such camps or any such knowledge of them," BGB (ADG) Brigadier General Md Latiful Haider told PTI in an interview here.
"We are taking stern action to curb anti-India activity, including insurgent activity, on our soil. Recently we seized a huge cache of arms in Syllet bordering India. We have zero tolerance for such things," he said.

Haider was referring to the BGB's seizure of a huge stockpile of illegal weapons, including around 200 anti-tank rocket shells, in a jungle bordering Tripura earlier this month, the single biggest arms recovery after the 2004 Chittagong recovery.

Asked if the arms were bound for India to fuel insurgent activity, Haider, who led a team of the BGB for border-level talks with the BSF, said it might be the case, but an investigation would reveal the truth. "It may be that the arms consignment was for insurgent groups, but right now an investigation is on. So let it be completed. We will never allow any anti-India activity to happen in Bangladesh," he said.

Asked to identify the groups involved in the stockpile," Haider said, "There might be anti-India elements working behind it, but they might as well be working from within India. What happens is that when India intensifies its operation against them, they cross into Bangladesh and when Bangladesh intensifies operation against them, they move back to India". 

Haider, however, declined to comment if militant groups like HUJI or Pakistani intelligence services working against India were involved in it.

Recently during DG level talks, the BSF handed to the BGB a list of 45 Indian insurgent groups operating within 5-15 km of the Bangladesh border in the Northeast. "We have given them a list of 45 camps of Indian insurgent groups operating inside the Bangladesh territory upto 5-15 km on the north-eastern side of the India-Bangladesh border, especially in the Chittagong hills," BSF ADG B D Sharma told PTI.

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