Bangla migrants pose threat: IB
Author: Chandan Nandy, The Hindustan Times, Date: November 7, 2003
The Indian security establishment has for the first time acknowledged the emerging security threat from Bangladesh.
An Intelligence Bureau document, prepared for delegates to the 38th conference of Directors-General of Police, states that Bangladesh “has emerged as a security threat to India since the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led government of Begum Khaleda Zia came to power in 2001”. The document has been accessed by the Hindustan Times.
The document outlines the broad areas that pose a danger to India. These include the presence of Pakistani intelligence officials in Bangladesh, the rise of communal forces and the presence of Indian insurgent groups in that country. It also focuses on illegal immigration from Bangladesh.
The facts contained in the document form part of a new study that the IB had conducted on the issue.
Figures quoted in the document say the number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh settled in India has crossed 15 million. Of these, 80 lakh are in West Bengal and 50 lakh in Assam.
Pointing out that the “influx” of Bangladeshi nationals has “continued unabated”, the document says that over 4.75 lakh illegal immigrants are settled in Katihar, Sahebganj, Kishenganj and Purnia districts of Bihar. About 3.75 lakh are in Tripura and 4 lakh in Delhi. West Bengal government sources said that of late, they have noticed a new trend in the nature of the immigration – the infiltrators are increasingly using Bengal as a transit point to move to other states.
Nagaland and Mizoram are the two other states in the North-East where Bangladeshi nationals have taken shelter. While in 1991, there were about 20,000 illegal immigrants in Nagaland, the number has now shot up to nearly 80,000.
Stating that illegal immigration has “significantly altered the demographic character” of the states bordering Bangladesh, the document spells out the dangers the massive influx poses to India’s security. It not only refers to the presence of terrorist elements in Bangladesh, but also admits to their clandestine movement into India.
Areas of concern
** Presence of Pakistani intelligence officials in Bangladesh
** Indian insurgent groups operating from that country
** Facts and figures
Number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh settled in India has crossed 15 million
** New trend
Infiltrators are using Bengal as transit point to move to other areas
Illegal immigration has significantly altered the demographic character of the border states, particularly Bihar, West Bengal, Tripura and Assam
VHP to launch campaign to oust Bangladeshis
PTI | Ahmedabad
Posted online: May 26, 2008
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday announced its decission to launch a nation-wide campaign to oust Bangladeshi infiltrators from India.
“Bangladeshi infiltration has become a big problem for the country. There are more than three crore Bangladeshi immigrants in the country and they have become carriers of error in India,” VHP All-India Secretary Surendra Jain told reporters here.
“VHP will launch a nation-wide campaign against the Bangladeshis and make sure that they are driven out of India. Not a single one should be allowed to stay in the country,” Jain said.
“It will be a people’s movement across the nation which will begin in a couple of months,” Jain added.
“Though this issue is not new but now the problem has become very serious. It has been proved that Bangladeshis are not merely infiltrating but they are attacking the country and we need to stop this before it gets out of hand,” Jain added.
Jain also demanded the resignation of Home Minister Shiraj Patil’s for his comment that cases of Afzal Guru and Sarabjeet Singh should be viewed in a similar context.
“Patil should not give such statements. He should be taken to task,” Jain said.
The VHP leader said that lack of a central policy on terrorism indicates that the Government has no will or plan to fight against terror.
“It is a big lapse on part of the Government that they have failed to formulate a policy to fight terrorism. Countries like the US, the UK, Italy and other developed nations have a policy on terror but we don’t have,” Jain said.
Jain said that it is a matter of pity that the Government has not formulated any policy against terrorism even after the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court had pointed out the acuteness of the problem on various occasions.