The preparation of National Register of Citizen (NRC) is an “Indian issue” and there has been no illegal influx from Bangladesh into India, the Director General of Border Guards bangladesh (BGB), Shafeenul Islam, said in Guwahati on Friday.
However, BSF DG Rakesh Asthana said that as of December 15, the BSF this year has nabbed 3,204 individuals trying to illegally enter India along the entire India-bangladesh border. Asthana added the caveat that the figure was not just of Bangladeshi nationals but the overall number of people nabbed while trying to cross over illegally, including criminals and smugglers.
The BSF and BDB chiefs were addressing a press conference after the successful culmination of the Director General-level talks between the two forces.
Islam said, “I think you need to revisit the perception that a large number of Bangladeshis are crossing into Assam. If you see the GDP growth rate of Bangladesh, you will find that we are on a steady uprising track. Now our GDP is around $2,300. There is no reason for Bangladeshis to cross the border be it for jobs or for other reason.
“Yes, people do come to India with valid documents and passports for tourism purpose but for work, there is no such case…There is no infiltration from Bangladesh to India,” he said. “Anybody crossing the border without proper documentation is illegal crossing. Both the border guarding forces are vigilant to apprehend such individuals,” Islam said.