14th Meeting of the Home Secretaries of India and Bangladesh was held in New Delhi from July 19 to 22 July 2013. The meet of the home secretaries of the two nations was conducted with an aim of promoting and strengthening, the bilateral relations that exist between India and Bangladesh and to carry forward the relations further.
The Indian delegation of Home Secretaries was headed by Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary, Government of India and the Bangladeshi delegation was led by C. Q. K. Mustaq Ahmed, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Government of Bangladesh.
Earlier, on 18 July 2013 the 13th JWG meet on security issues was also held between the two nations, in which both the sides discussed upon the issues related to security, border management, incidents of deaths due to firing on the border, implementation of agreements, ratification of the land boundary agreement, visa and consular related matters, capacity building and others.
Issues and points noted and discussed during the meet of the home secretaries includes:
• Home secretaries of both India and Bangladesh reaffirmed their commitment not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity inimical to each other’s interests
• Satisfaction was expressed at the smooth operation of Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) by both the sides, as CBMP has resulted in reducing the number of border incidents
• The two sides also agreed to increase the frequency of coordinated patrolling with a view to curbing criminal activities along the border
• Confidence was expressed between the two sides on coordinated patrolling for enhancement of cooperation between the border guarding forces of the two countries, and enable them to prevent the movement of criminals and manage the identified vulnerable areas with a view to prevent criminal activities, acts of violence and loss of lives along the border areas
• Secretaries of both the sides appreciated DC-DM conference between Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh and West Tripura district of India
• Agreement was reached by both sides to sensitize the media about ground realities of border management
• Agreement was reached at intensifying, the activities of the nodal points in different areas of cooperation that includes INTERPOL, drugs and human trafficking
• Extension of cooperation for apprehension of wanted criminals and fugitives was agreed by both the sides
• Home Secretary of Bangladesh urged for immediate tracking, arresting and handing over the killers of Bangabandhu, the Father of the nation of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and was assured from his Indian counterpart that all possible assistance in this regard
• Bangladesh agreed to expand and strengthen further cooperation in sharing actionable intelligence in real time
• Measures taken to expedite the verification and repatriation of prisoners who have completed their sentences were reviewed
• Discussion on ratification of the LBA-1974 and the protocol signed in 2011 were made
• Agreement on increasing the number of goodwill visits and cooperation in training on subjects like Cyber Crime, ICT, Forensic Sciences
• Implementation of three agreements (Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Combating Terrorism, organized crime and illicit drug trafficking) which were signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina to India in 2010 was also noted by the two sides
The two sides also noted that the bilateral cooperation in the field of security and border management which was strengthened with by the signing-up of the four agreements pertaining to security cooperation including the Extradition Treaty.