Cattle smuggling, influx on Indo-Bangla HS-level talks agenda

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Cattle smuggling and infiltration shall be top on the agenda for the Indo-Bangla Home Secretary-level talks beginning today.

The talks come close on the heels of deportation of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) leader Anup Chetia from the neighbouring country.

India’s Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is expected to raise the issue of cattle smuggling to Bangladesh with his counterpart Mohammad Haque Khan to seek cooperation to completely halt it.

According to an official estimate, smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh has come down by more than 70 per cent – from 20 lakh to about 2.5 lakh-resulting in a sharp increase in the price of beef in Bangladesh.

The Indian delegation is also likely to raise the issue of illegal infiltration and measures to check it.

The meeting comes days after deportation of ULFA ‘general secretary’ Chetia from Bangladesh and subsequent deportation of one of the most wanted criminals of Bangladesh, Nur Hossain from India.

Bangladesh is likely to raise the issue of killing of its citizens during cross-border firing by India’s Border Security Force.

Dhaka may discuss the issue of construction of border outpost on the Tripura border as agreed during the last bilateral talks between the two Home Secretaries.

India had agreed to help Bangladesh to build the outposts.

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