Agartala: While protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act continue across the country, a video clip which is now doing the rounds on the Internet has once again raised the question of unabated influx plaguing the Northeast region.
In the video that was handed over to EastMojo by an eyewitness was reportedly shot in a bordering Daldali village in Simna area in West Tripura district. In the video, people can be seen crossing through the paddy fields with some bags and clothes in their hands.
Tripura royal scion and former state Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman also posted two video clips showing some people crossing the Indo-Bangla border through a paddy field. They claimed to be Bangladeshi people entering Indian territory.
“Hello friends from Northeast and rest of India, all of you are speaking out against CAA but the reality is this is how porous our borders are! These are Bangladeshi’s crossing over to India -Location -Tripura, Simna, India border at Daldali village. Do you think your ILP will stop them. Date 26-12-2019 at about 5 p.m.,” Deb Barman wrote on his Facebook page.
“They speak same language, wear sari and cannot be identified from their features if they belong to one religion or another. So how can you identify them by dress now? Please share this and let the whole country know what is happening in Northeast,” he also wrote.
Simna is close to the international border. Tripura shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh. Over the years, Tripura and Assam has seen influx of thousands of illegal immigrants from across the border.
Meanwhile, Mohanpur sub-divisional police officer Rangodulal Debbarma said that a team visit was conducted on Saturday to find out the facts behind the speculations and claims being made by the locals.
“Today, a team of officials including the SDM Mohanpur, deputy commandant of 80 Battalion BSF, MLA of Simna constituency and others visited the place where the locals allegedly saw the Rohingyas crossing the fields,” Debbarma said.
He also said that according to the BSF officials nobody has crossed the international border, however even if somebody tried they might have failed. The border is just 700 metres from the location where the locals spotted them, the SDPO said.
Earlier, the royal scion announced his apolitical organisation ‘The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA)‘ on December 25.
“I am starting an organisation that will be known as ‘The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance’ or TIPRA. It is not a political party, rather it will be a social and cultural organisation which will work for the people of the indigenous community and for their rights,” Deb Barman had said while announcing the development.