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12L Bangladeshis went missing in India between 1972-2005: BSF chief

12L Bangladeshis went missing in India between 1972-2005: BSF chief

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 26, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/12L_Bangladeshis_went_missing_in_India_between_1972-2005_BSF_chief/articleshow/3405392.cms

No one knows the exact number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in India but the number of Bangladeshi nationals who disappeared after entering India on valid travel documents is pegged at 12 lakh.

At a time when illegal immigrants have emerged as a major security threat to the country due to involvement of some of them in terrorist acts, the figure of missing Bangladeshi nationals disclosed by BSF chief A K Mitra on Monday is sure to give security agencies sleepless nights.

Mitra said no one knew the whereabouts of these 12 lakh Bangladeshi nationals who had come to India on valid travel documents during 1972-2005.

The BSF, which guards the porous Indo-Bangla border, claimed that agencies probing various terror incidents in the country did not share information with it, leading to failure to take action on time.

"We do not get authentic information from investigating agencies on time. Whatever action we have taken so far against militant outfits like HuJI and LeT along the border were based on media reports," Mitra told reporters here after his return from Dhaka, where he attended five-day DG level talks with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).

Besides the issue of illegal immigration, cattle smuggling, militant hideouts in Bangladesh and firing across the border featured in the talks between the border forces of the two countries.

Bangladesh, on its part, offered to carry out joint verification with India of insurgent camps in its territory after New Delhi gave a fresh list of 110 hideouts being used for anti-India operations. "BDR has maintained that there was no base of any Indian insurgent group in its country. This time, they have, however, offered to jointly verify the list of camps that we gave them," Mitra said.

The BSF gave a list of 110 places/premises where insurgent groups have set up bases or training camps.

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