Agartala: The fate of 31 Rohingya immigrants hangs in balance after they were stranded in ‘no man’s land’ along the India-Bangladesh border near West Tripura on Friday. They are currently lodged at the Rayemura fencing in zero line.
The immigrants were reportedly detained by the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, after which they informed their Indian counterpart, Border Security Force (BSF), about the presence of the Rohingya nationals.
In its communication on Sunday, BGB Lt Col Gomal Kabir informed DIG CL Belwa that the BSF had pushed the Rohingyas into Bangldesh. However, the BSF categorically denied the allegations.
“The BGB had alleged the Rohingyas were pushed by the BSF of pushing the Rohingyas which we strictly denied and refused of any such act from our part,” said Belwa.
The war of words between the two border security forces deepened they continued to blame each other. The BSF said that the BGB wanted to push the immigrants into India that is why the BGB was accusing the BSF pushing them into the ‘no man’s land’ zone.
The BSF have held two flag meetings with the BGB officials in the zero line and “asked them to show the site from where they came into Bangladesh territory but BGB failed to trace or even show the place to BSF officials”, said the BSF.
Among the detained Rohingyas, 16 are children, nine women and six are men. The BSF has extended help by providing food to the detained persons.
Meanwhile, the border forces of both the country have initiated preliminary investigation to ascertain the native place of the Rohingya immigrants.