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Where are 2 cr missing Bangladeshis?

Where are 2 cr missing Bangladeshis?

Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: June 14, 2000

DHAKA'S INSISTENCE that there are no  Bangladeshis in India has been repudiated by Assam's anti-alien police force. They  cite the last Bangladesh census, which recorded a drastic drop in its population,  in their defence.

According to senior Assam Police (Border)  officials, the last official Bangladesh population figure was two crore less than  the previous one. During the corresponding period, India recorded a 23.53 per cent jump  in the number of Bangladeshis living illegally in the country.

Assam, with an average of over 55 per cent,  had the bulk of these Bangladeshis, some districts recording as high as 108 per  cent.

"In a country like Bangladesh where birth  control is taboo, a drop in population is not possible unless the people cross over into  India, particularly Assam, Tripura and West Bengal," the official said. "Dhaka has  no intention of taking back its people, so it is refusing to acknowledge the presence  of Bangladeshis in India."

Official records in Assam say that "missing  Bangladeshis" have been haunting Indian security forces since 1952.

Most of these people, detected and deported,  reenter India via less rigidly guarded border corridors in Tripura and West Bengal.  The number of such missing aliens has been put at around 71,000.

However, police officials claim to have come  up with a better plan to catch and deport these people. They have decided to  target construction workers across the state, mostly Bangladeshis.

In order to verify the citizenship of such  labourers, roughly numbering around 1 million, some 3,000 Prevention of  Infiltration of Foreigners Personnel under Assam Police (Border) have been pressed into  service.

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