Bangladesh Rifles’ new chief to arrive in New Delhi today

March 30th, 2009 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar. 30 (ANI): The newly appointed chief of paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles, Mainul Islam, is arriving here on Monday to discuss border issues between the two neighboring countries.

Islam, who was appointed as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) chief following the killing of Major General Shakil Ahmed in a mutiny last month, is scheduled to meet India’s Border Security Force (BSF) head M L Kumawat during his three-day trip, a foreign ministry official n Dhaka said.

The official added that the meeting would basically be a “familiarization meeting” between the two chiefs.

The chiefs of the two border guards are expected to discuss border management to check cross-border crimes and maintain peace along the common border. The two countries have 4,200-km porous borders.

Islam will lead a six-member delegation to New Delhi, and attend a commemorative meeting in honor of late Major General Shakil Ahmed.

According to a BDR official, Islam will also express his gratitude to the Indian BSF for its cooperation in maintaining a peaceful border during the mutiny at the BDR headquarters last month.

The Bangladeshi mutiny was staged by some rebel BDR officials against their commanding army officers on February 25 at BDR headquarters in Dhaka, leaving more than 70 people dead, including civilians.

Bangladesh Government and army are still investigating the mutiny. (ANI)

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