Indo-B’desh Home Secretary Level Talk Begins Tomorrow


New Delhi:  Anti-terror cooperation, sharing of intelligence inputs and how to jointly check cross border smuggling will dominate the Indo-Bangladesh Home Secretary level talks beginning tomorrow.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and his Bangladesh counterpart Mozammel Haque Khan and their teams will engage in intense discussions for two days for strengthening the anti terrorism mechanism, sharing of information about terrorists and terror groups.

Growing activities of dreaded terror group ISIS in Indian subcontinent, increased presence of Jehadi groups in Bangladesh and some Indian states and how to jointly tackle them will be discussed threadbare, official sources said.

Both sides are expected to flag the menace of smuggling of cattle, narcotics and arms through the porous Indo-Bangladesh border and is expected to find out ways to check them.

Bangladesh may press for Indian cooperation in nabbing its most wanted criminals, especially those who were involved in war crimes and assassination of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Both sides are expected to exchange notes about developments and investigations following the July 1 terror attack at a cafe in Dhaka.

Bangladesh has been on edge ever since the terror attack.

India started acting against controversial Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Zakir Naik after he came under the scanner of the security agencies when Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Mr Naik.

The Islamic orator is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

Mr Naik is popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects. The Mumbai-based preacher who is abroad, has not returned to India ever since the controversy came to light.