Dhaka, (Agencies): Delhi has reiterated its assurance to Dhaka that its Border Security Force (BSF) will not shoot at Bangladeshis crossing the border.

Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna gave the assurance to his Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni when they met on the sidelines of a two-day meet of the SAARC foreign ministers in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu.

Krishna told Moni that "sufficient steps were being taken to address the issue."

At the home secretary-level talks held in Dhaka last month, India regretted a Jan 7 incident in which a teenage girl, Felani, who was crossing the border along with her family, was shot dead by the BSF.

The family was returning from Delhi and the incident occurred at the border near Kurigram, northeastern Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi human rights body Odhikar claims that over 1,000 people have been shot dead by the BSF since 2001.

The BSF says its men shoot "in self defence" as intruders include armed men engaged in smuggling of humans, cattle, arms and drugs.