Bangladesh and India have inked three crucial protocols to implement earlier pacts on security cooperation and exchange of prisoners signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s landmark New Delhi visit last year.

“With the signing of the protocols, the three agreements on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, and Combating International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking came into effect from today,” a Home Ministry spokesman said.

He told reporters that Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder and Indian High Commissioner Rajeet Mitter signed the protocols on Thursday on behalf of their respective governments.

The agreements were signed during Ms. Hasina’s maiden India visit in January 2010.

Under the prisoners transfer agreement, Bangladeshi and Indian prisoners serving in each other’s jails could be exchanged to serve the rest of their terms in prisons of their own country.

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