BSF delegation to visit Dhaka later this month, to raise FICN smuggling issue

The Bangla side is expected to raise the issue of smuggling of cough syrups with phensedyl to that country.

Published: 16th February 2017 08:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2017 08:55 PM   |  A+A-

Image of BSF Patrolling along the border in Kashmir region used for representative purpose

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A 10-member BSF delegation led by the paramilitary chief will be visiting Bangladesh later this month to hold talks with its counterpart BGB during which the issue of smuggling of Rs 2000 counterfeit currency notes from that country will be prominently discussed.

The delegation led by BSF Director General KK Sharma will visit Dhaka from February 18 to 22 and the team is expected to urge their Bangla counterpart Border Guards Bangladesh to take effective steps along their side of the border to check the menace of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) smugglinginto Indian territory through the Indo-Bangla border, official sources said.

The decision to take up the issue with Dhaka comes after the BSF on Wednesday seized FICN with face value of Rs 2 lakh that was being smuggled from across the border in West Bengal. The Bangla smuggler threw the packet containing 100 counterfeit currency notes with face value of Rs 2000 each from the border fence to a mango orchard on this side of the border in the wee hours on Wednesday. A special party of the BSF seized the packet but the local recipient of the FICN managed to flee taking advantage of darkness and thick vegetation in the area, the BSF had said in a statement on Wednesday.

While there is a friendly regime in Dhaka, Pakistan’s covert agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is suspected to be pumping FICN through its terror and smuggling syndicates based in Bangladesh, officials said.

The Bangla side is expected to raise the issue of smuggling of cough syrups with phensedyl to that country. Cough syrups are consumed by drug addicts and large volume of the otherwise legal drug is smuggled from India to the neighbouring country illegally.

While India will provide the latest list of ISI-backed terror training camps there, the Bangla counterparts are expected to seek further action against the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a terror outfit banned by Dhaka.   

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