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Updated: November 30, 2009 14:31 IST

Indo-Bangladesh Home Secy. level talks begin tomorrow

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A file photo of Home Secretary G.K.Pillai, after assuming charge at his office in North Block in New Delhi on June 30. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt.
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A file photo of Home Secretary G.K.Pillai, after assuming charge at his office in North Block in New Delhi on June 30. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt.

Cross-border terrorism, illegal immigration, smuggling of narcotics and activities of North-east militants will come up for discussion at the Home Secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh beginning here tomorrow.

The Indian delegation, led by Home Secretary G. K. Pillai, will seek cooperation from Bangladesh to deal with security issues, especially combating anti-India jehadi groups and North-east militants operating from its soil, sources said.

India is likely to stress the need for an extradition treaty between the two countries as it would help handing over of each other’s wanted criminals.

India’s hope with regard to cooperation by Dhaka in cracking down on militant groups stems from the fact that there is a “realisation” in the Sheikh Hasina government about fighting extremism and terrorism.

Illegal immigration is another issue that has been an irritant in the bilateral relations and this matter will be discussed during the three-day talks.

The two sides are expected to discuss sensitive issues related to the border, smuggling of narcotics, fake currency and chalk out a strategy on how to deal with the problems.

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