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Two more border haats to come up in Meghalaya

HT Bureau

SHILLONG, Aug 20:The Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday denied the presence of camps belonging to North East militant outfits in Bangladesh.

“The issue of the presence of militant camps was raised by the Indian authorities during the meeting. We have clarified that there are no such camps in Bangladesh,” District magistrate of Jamalpur district in Bangladesh, Ahmad Kabir, who is the leading the 52-member Bangladeshi team during their visit to Shillong, told reporters here on Tuesday.

Kabir asserted that his country will continue to cooperate with India in its fight against terrorism.

Bangladesh has taken a strong position against extremism and terrorism. The country has successfully rooted out almost all terrorists from its soil, Kabir said.

Among those present in Tuesday’s conference were district magistrates and superintendents of police from seven districts of Bangladesh, East Khasi Hills district deputy commissioner Matsiewdor War, Meghalaya Additional Chief Secretary R V Suchiang and officers of the BSF and the BGB.

Suchiang, while addressing the delegates, said the meeting gives the two countries an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest.

“This is the right forum for generating options based on consensus. Earlier, too, meetings have been cordial. There has been progress since the last meeting in Mymensing. Long standing issues cannot be resolved overnight,” she said.

Talking about bilateral trade, the official said three more border haats (weekly markets) are expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Currently, two weekly markets – one at East Khasi Hills district’s Balat and the other at South West Garo Hills district’s Kalaichar – are functional in the state along the India-Bangladesh border.

“Two new border haats at East Khasi Hills district’s Bholaganj and Ryngku will open in September, while another at South West Khasi Hills district’s Nolikata will be unveiled by December,” Suchiang added.

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