12 Apr : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for the list of Indian insurgent camps existing across the border during his recent visit to that country.
Talking to mediapersons Mr Sarkar said the state government, through the Centre, had been pursuing the issue for past few years and Ms Hasina asked for the latest list of militant hideouts while assuring to take appropriate action.
”When I raised the issue she also pointed out that some criminals operating in Bangladesh had taken shelter in Tripura and I assured her that if such a list was provided, we will cooperate fully. She also made it clear that Bangladesh wanted peace so that the country could fight against poverty,” Mr Sarkar underlined.
He, however, pointed out that every three months the Tripura government had been sending such lists to Bangladesh through the Centre and said during the Khaleda Zia regime, their government had sent a list of Bangladeshi criminals existing in Tripura.
Mr Sarkar reiterated that more than 20 militant camps still exist in Bangladesh and said, ”Since the past four years we are noticing a change in the situation; they (militants) have been cornered to a great extent, but not uprooted.”