Dhaka, Delhi agree to urgently repatriate prisoners
Sheikh Shahariar Zaman

Bangladesh and India have agreed to undertake immediate actions for repatriating prisoners and victims of human trafficking, and stressed the necessity of signing a repatriation treaty to simplify and expedite the procedure.

The two countries also reached a consensus about bringing into operation the Combating Terrorism and Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking agreement as soon as possible.

The fifth home minister-level talks held in India on Thursday between the two countries discussed the issues extensively where Dhaka has been assured New Delhi’s fullest support and cooperation in its fight against terrorism, fundamentalism and radicalism.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal led the Bangladesh side in the talks while his counterpart Rajnath Singh the Indian side.

The Bangladesh home minister also had a courtesy call on with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday where the Indian premier reiterated India’s support to Bangladesh to combat terrorism.

As of today, BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, Harkatul Jihad leaders Mursalin and Muttalin, notorious criminal Subrata Bain, death sentence convict Dipu, Shibir cadre Sajjad Hossain and radical leader Mokhtar Hossain are in Indian prison. On the other hand, Indian terrorists Salim alias Mobassher Shahid, Daud Merchant, Maulana Mansoor Ali Habibullah, Mufti Obaedullah, Maulana Emdadullah, Zahid Sheikh and Arif Hasan are now in Bangladesh prison.

Over the last one year, more than 50 terror attacks took place in Bangladesh, of which the attacks on a Gulshan café on July 1 and Sholakia Eid congregation on July 7 left the whole nation severely shaken.

A press release of the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh yesterday said the Indian home minister condemned the horrific terrorist attacks in Dhaka in July and that the two countries would have to be vigilant at all times and channel efforts to defeat terrorists in a bid to ensure peace, security and prosperity of the two countries.

Dhaka and Delhi also emphasised the need for speedy operationalisation of three bilateral memorandums of understanding (MoU) -- between the coast guards of the two countries, one on preventing and countering smuggling and circulation of fake currency, and the bilateral cooperation for prevention of human trafficking.

Both the sides also talked about the importance of effective implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan to enhance cooperation between the border guards of the two countries, the press release said.

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