Dhaka: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said India and Bangladesh were determined to jointly combat the menace of militancy and terrorism as he appreciated Dhaka's cooperation against cross-border insurgency.

Chidambaram said India was comfortable with security cooperation with its eastern neighbour.

"In the last two-and-half-years I have been the Home Minister of India, I cannot recall having made any complaint against Bangladesh," he told a joint press conference with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sahara Khatun after talks at the secretariat.

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Asked if the Indian complaint about Bangladesh patronage of separatist elements was still valid, Chidambaram said, on the contrary, on numerous occasions he appreciated Dhaka's splendid cooperation in supporting New Delhi to apprehend insurgents.

In the past, India had complained that insurgents found Bangladesh's territory in rugged frontiers a safe haven, a charge denied by Dhaka.

The Home Minister, who is on a 24-hour visit here, said both countries now recognized the importance of cooperation on security issues and were determined to "jointly combat the menace of insurgency, militancy and terrorism".

"We are glad that our leaderships had agreed that the territory of either would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other," Chidambaram said.

He said both the countries resolved "not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by domestic or foreign terrorists or militants and insurgent organizations and their operatives".
 
The nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting between Chidambaram and his Bangladeshi counterpart Khatun, ahead of the September 6 and 7 visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, on Saturday yielded a comprehensive border management agreement between the chiefs of the paramilitary border guards.

"We share a long land border and ensuring its sanctity is the joint responsibility...We believe that this will help them (BGB and BSF) to enhance together the management of border," Chidambaram said.
   
Bangladesh in recent years witnessed a massive anti-terrorism clampdown that also yielded the arrests of over a dozen suspected Pakistani and Indian Islamist militants belonging to outfits like Laskar-e-Toiba.
   
Bangladesh has reported to have helped India nab a number of leading figures of Indian insurgents group ULFA while investigations were underway in an abortive attempt to smuggle in 10-truck loads of weapons to ULFA hideouts in northeastern India using Bangladesh territory.

Chidambaram assures all help in finding Mujib's killers

India on Saturday pledged to extend all help to Bangladesh in tracking down two convicted killers of the country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who could possibly be hiding in India.

Home Minister P Chidambaram assured the Bangladeshi establishment that his country would spare no effort in looking for the two fugitives as he met top officials here during his visit.

"It's possible that they could be in India," he told a joint press briefing with his counterpart Sahara Khatun at the end of their crucial talks, ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Dhaka tour next month.

He said New Delhi asked Bangladesh to provide some more information and intelligence to help find former army captain Abdul Majed and former Risaldar Moslehuddin who were on the run to evade death penalties.

"I have assured my counterpart that no effort and resources will be spared to apprehend and hand them over to Bangladesh," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram's comments came after Khatun in her opening statement at the briefing said: "we requested (New Delhi) to find out if the two were hiding anywhere in India".

Chidambaram also pledged New Delhi's support to help Dhaka in tracking down the fugitives as he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Saturday, a spokesman said.

Twelve former army officers were handed down death sentences for masterminding and carrying out the August 15, 1975 carnage under a protracted trial process that began in 1996, when the ruling Awami League returned to power. Five of them -- two former lieutenant colonels Mohiuddin Ahmed and Shahriar Rashid Khan, ex-major Bazlul Huda, and lancer A K M Mohiuddin Ahmed -- who faced the trial in person or were tracked down subsequently, were hanged on January 28 last year after losing their final legal battles.

While Huda was returned from Thailand after Dhaka and Bangkok signed an extradition treaty, Mohiuddin Ahmed was returned from the US during the past military-backed interim government despite the absence of an extradition treaty.

Bangladesh first sought Indian assistance in tracking down Majed and Muslehuddin during the January visit of Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai.

Bangladesh Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Shikdar had said at that time that Bangladeshi administration had information that two of the convicted killers of Bangabandhu were hiding somewhere in India.

Officials earlier said India was given a Red Corner Notice in connection with the two fugitives.

A total of six convicts are absconding in connection with the case. Officials have said diplomatic and police efforts are underway to bring them back. One of the convicts, sacked lieutenant colonel Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe.

(Agencies)