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Increasing Rohingyas’ entry into Tripura : Bangladesh denied to take 31 stranded Rohingya refugees, brought into Tripura
TIWN Jan 22, 2019
Increasing Rohingyas’ entry into Tripura : Bangladesh denied to take 31 stranded Rohingya refugees, brought into Tripura
PHOTO : 31 Rohingyas brought in Tripura by BSF from Indo-Bangla border. TIWN Pic Jan 22

AGARTALA, Jan 22 (TIWN): 31 Rohingyas who were standing since few days at the no man’s land of Indo-Bangla border in Tripura have entered now in Tripura after Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) denied to take them. Police claimed that on humanitarian ground, BSF allowed their entry. This decision was taken after two days long meeting, arguments between India and Bangladesh border-guard-forces took place. However, Tripura police have denied BGB’s allegation that the Rohingyas entered the border via Tripura, rather said, the Rohingyas entered Tripura via Bangladesh. The 31 Rohingyas including 10 children have been brought in Tripura from Indo-Bangla border by BSF as have denied to allow their entry in Bangladesh. Police Officer Ajay Kumar Das informed media, the Rohingyas were stranding at no-man’s-land in Indo-Bangla border. BGB had denied to make their entries in Bangladesh.Thus, on humanitarian ground, BSF allowed their entry in India. FIR was lodged against the detained Rohingyas as they attempted to enter India illegally and to be produced before the court. It's a matter of concern for Northeast state Tripura as time to time Rohingyas have been detained in Tripura. In 2018 around 1500 people entered illegally under police record, who were detained. The Rohingyas have been provided with food and other basic necessities to the six men, nine women and 16 children on humanitarian ground.

The Bangladeshi media said that the BGB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Gomal Kabir, who is the commandant of 25 Battalion of the BGB, has alleged that the BSF has been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladeshi territory. The BSF rejected the charge. 

The Border Security Force (BSF) also has strongly refuted claims by Bangladeshi border guards' "unfounded allegation that the BSF have been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladeshi territory", an official release said here on Saturday.

It said that the BGB Commanding Officer, who is the commandant of 25 Battalion of the BGB, also alleged that the BSF have been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladeshi territory.

"BSF commandant firmly denied any such attempt and refuted the allegation as published in Bangladesh media”, in a press release BSF added.

It also said that during the search of the area and spot verification, there were no signs of any illegal crossing of Rohingyas from the Indian territory to Bangladesh.

A senior BSF official said that during the past one year, 62 Rohingya Muslims had entered India (Tripura) illegally.

He said that the Rohingyas have illegally entered Tripura and a few other northeastern states via Bangladesh in search of jobs and temporary works. But, subsequently they were pushed back following legal and security formalities.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 2017 after a wave of persecution and violence that the UN described as an attempt at "ethnic cleansing". Efforts are on to repatriate them.

Tripura shares an 856-km border with Bangladesh, most of which is fenced except a stretch of nearly 20 km.

Other than Tripura, the other northeastern states sharing the 1,880-km International Border with Bangladesh are Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km).

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