A top official of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) claimed there are no illegal crossings from Bangladesh to India.
“You need to revisit this perception that large number of Bangladeshis are illegally crossing into Assam,” Shafeenul Islam, the Director General of BGB said while talking to the media on the sidelines of the ongoing Director-General Level Border Coordination Conference of the BSF and the BGB in Guwahati since December 22.
“If you see the GDP growth rate of Bangladesh, then you will find that we are on a steady uprising trend. There is no reason really for the Bangladeshis to cross the border. Be it for the job or for any other reasons. People do come to India with valid documents for treatment or tourism. But for work, there is no such case,” Islam claimed.
Rakesh Asthana, Director General of the Border Security Force said as many as 3,204 persons have been apprehended on the Indo-Bangladesh border in 2020 trying to cross illegally. Asthana said those whose nationality could be established were handed over to the BGB as per the process.
Meanwhile, answering a query on the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and if Bangladesh was prepared for mass deportations, Islam claimed NRC was India’s internal matter.
“The NRC is completely an Indian issue. It doesn’t concern us or the BGB in particular,” Islam said.
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