Cross-border Issues including smuggling, illegal movement of citizens, human trafficking were discussed during Cluster-5 meeting between India and Bangladesh
Agartala: The deadline for completion of Agartala-Akhaura rail link has been revised to September 2021, while the trade of Yaba tablets from Indian territory to Bangladesh has increased, said Sandeep Mahatme, the West district magistrate at the end of district magistrates (DM) and deputy commissioners (DC) Cluster-5 meeting here at the state guest house.
Speaking in a press conference Mahatme said that the main content of the meeting was on cross-border issues which include smuggling, illegal movement of citizens and human trafficking.
“Detailed discussion over human trafficking was done by both the countries and we have expressed our concerns on the illegal movement. We will work together to prevent these movements across the border,” Mahatme said.
He also said that three new locations have been identified by both sides for border haats and a joint visit would be conducted on February 26 at the proposed site.
“After visiting the place, the inspection reports would be submitted in the respective department and the authorities concerned will take the decision accordingly. The proposed sites for three new border haats are Paharmura-Habigang in Khowai district, Bamutia-Brahmanbaria in West district and Jagarampur-Comilla in Sepahijala district,” Mahatme said.
The part of the district administration is to acquire land and hand it over for construction. Now, it is up-to the construction company if they can complete it at the earliest. The progress in Bangladesh is also good, he added.
He also said a detailed discussion on the Agartala-Akhaura rail link project, issues of un-fenced border fencing and identification of new places for the border haats and ICP was also part of the discussion. The problems of missing border pillars were also discussed by the BSF and BGB officials.
“The DM-DC meeting between Bangladesh was attended by authorities from both the countries. From Tripura side, the DM and SP’s of Khowai, Sepahijala and West Tripura participated and from Bangladesh side, the authorities from Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Moulvibazar and Habiganj district attended the meeting,” Mahatme added.
Speaking further, he said that a detailed presentation was given from both sides. Discussion on a number of issues was also held and at the end of DM-DC the resolution is being passed on a number of issues.
“A resolution has been prepared by both sides and we are going to sign the resolution. It will be transferred to the higher authorities after being signed by both the governments,” Mahatme said.
Hayat-ud-Dawllah Khan, deputy commissioner and district magistrate of Brahmanbaria district said that they have unanimously accepted the resolution after discussion.
“We are bordering countries and we have a good relation. There are issues like drug trade, human trafficking and pillar missing and we discussed all these matters here. Hopefully, we will accept the unique resolution from both the sides,” they said.