Vote-Bank Politics Help The Plague Of Illegal Bangladeshi Foreigners Into Northeast India All Disquiet In Northeast India

In Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Assam, the immigration racket is centered around the numerous chars (that is river-islands) of the river Brahmaputra and the traditional immigrant sanctuaries. Thousands of square kilometres of these islands are passed off in Assam State revenue records as non-cadastral lands, un-surveyed, unaccounted for and un-policed.

The paramount question in this regard is: Why some people brave into the boundary of a neighboring country even facing the danger of deadly bullets from the security personnel? Nobody likes to leave his native place and country. There must be sufficient and forceful reasons, which prompt a man to march to a foreign country.

The infiltration of foreign nationals in to this region and ever-increasing activities of extremists and fundamentalists were admitted by no other persons than Mr SB Chavan, Ex-Home Minister of India and Mr Rajesh Pilot, when he held the portfolio of the Indian State Home Ministry of the Central Government respectively. Infiltrators are being captured by the Indian state governments every now and then. But it is a matter of astonishment to note that the state governments (especially, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura in the North-East) are repeatedly denying the issue. Why? The reason is obvious: Bangladeshis are their vote-banks.

In the sixties, the Congress government of Assam encouraged the immigration of Bangladeshi nationals (specially Muslims) into the state and allowed them to blend with the populace of the aforesaid state, even granting them voting right.

“Over the years, all the Eastern part of Assam State has witnessed endless number of land settlement programmes by the Government, of Assam through various ways or schemes. Specially, during the Congress-Indira periods in the name of ‘vote-bank’ policy to distribute the pattas, to the flood victims of the minority Muslims who migrated into this Eastern Indian region from Bangladesh during English period and had been living on the Brahmaputra River islands in the western part of Assam,” stated well-known social entrepreneur-cum-writer RD Choudhury of the Northeast India.

The illegal infiltration, smuggling and anti-Indian activities in the surrounding areas of Indo-Bangladesh international border are on the rise at an alarming rate. These anti-national activities are so deep rooted that they are seen controlling the entire politics of the Northeast India. What is the most unfortunate is that almost all the political parties are keeping silence in this regard for fear of losing their vote-bank in these areas. Politics only for votes—this attitude of the political parties even at the cost of national cause gives rise to doubts in the minds of true Indians.

There is hardly any political party, which raises its voice against the touchy subjects like illegal infiltration, smuggling and anti-Indian fanatic activities in the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas, though these three factors have become the common issue of the entire Northeast India, specially in Assam and West-Bengal.

At present, the smugglers, illegal infiltrators and anti-Indian activists are using some thousands of kilometres of land and some hundreds of kilometres of water (that is, the portion of the river Brahmaputra) of the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas to carry on their activities.

As a matter of fact, 20 per cent to 25 per cent people residing in the India-Bangladesh international border areas are directly or indirectly encouraging illegal infiltration for their vested interest as they mostly depend on these illegal and anti-national activities for their life and living. In fact, ‘infiltration’ is a kind of trade that occurs in the international border, and persons engaged in this trade carry it out and take the risk in connection with the crossing of the borderline.

The ‘mediator’ or ‘tout’ (that is dalal) are reported to earn hundreds of rupees to get the foreign nationals to pass over Indian side. Moreover, there are some politically backed bigger unseen circles that said to have the guides in this affair. These people having been mingled with the Indians do this nuisance through different river ghat, buses or trains. The money required for the transaction is often been paid in Bangladeshi currency. This is now an illegal trade and unofficial business of currency exchange is going on in full swing in both side of the Indo-Bangladesh international border.

Apart from this, as per the version of observers, some anti-social elements have crept up in the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas. These anti-social elements have turned these International Border areas into a land of different types of criminal activities. It is learnt that recently they lent ‘Xerox copies’ of National Residential Certificates or National Register of Citizen (NRC), Permanent Residential Certificates or Permanent Register of Citizen (PRC), Electoral Rolls or Voter List, Voter Identity Cards (VIC), Passports, Ration Cards (RC), certificates of proof by the members of Gram Panchayat on rent to infiltrators for committing illegal activities related to enlisting names in voter lists.

These anti-social elements to rent out their papers to infiltrators on monthly basis. They live on the international border areas. The anti-social elements have chosen these activities as the means of their livelihood. Because, people (who are residing on the international border areas share same physiological features, food habits and dialects though, the intonation may be dissimilar) have relatives on both sides of the above international boundary and have own properties in both countries as well. So, when it comes to the cross border illegal activities, whether it is infiltration or smuggling or others, both sides of the international border have a finger in the tart.

The Bangladeshi infiltrators enter into Assam and West Bengal through the open ‘land routes’ and ‘riverine areas’ with the sunrise for earning daily living, says some people living on these international border areas. Some of them retain themselves in India and others leave India for their native land—it is impossible to say anything about it correctly.

They have chosen these international border areas—Indian villages—for borrowing the Xerox copies of PRC, NRC, Voter-List etc on rent. The mediators hand over or sell these Xerox copies as against Rs 100.00 to Rs 300.00. The infiltrators hide their ‘real names’ after they have received these papers and then produce themselves in new names as are written in NRC, PRC, Voter List certificates.

These ‘papers’ are necessary for detection and deportation of the foreign nationals in the Northeast India. These are of great importance. They are procured from the Deputy Commissioner Offices, Superintendent of Police Offices etc and it is necessary to prove the identity of the Indian nationals, who live in other provinces. Because, the Bangladeshi people have a common stock with that of Indians (especially, in Assam and West-Bengal). It is impossible to differentiate a Bangladeshi from an Indian unless the Citizenship Identity Cards (CIC) are introduced, as the physical appearance, behavior pattern, custom, religion, language, culture etc of the Bangladeshis are almost cent per cent similar to those of a portion of people residing in the Indo-Bangla international border areas.

The most interesting fact is that even, international border villages’ populaces make reasonable earnings by giving ‘shelter’ and ‘food’ with ‘security’ to the ‘new-comer’ (that is, illegal migrants). Once crossed the international border, the illegal immigrants simply mix up with the local populaces and hide their real names and adopt new ones.

But, the astonishing fact is that in Assam, recently another racket was found active in securing ‘Birth Certificates’ for Bangladeshi infiltrators in the Brahmaputra and Barak-Valley, particularly in Karimganj district in connivance with a section of unscrupulous government officials as well as a few police personnel. In this connection, it is also said that in some cases pregnant women from Bangladesh were facilitated to cross over the Indian land through the porous border in Dhubri and Karimganj districts of Assam and Meghalaya, so that they could deliver their babies on Indian soil enabling them to become a citizen of this country by birth. It is also alleged by the people of these districts that the birth certificates of these men and women are managed with the help of some corrupt Assam State Police and district administrative officials against a little sum of money. It is informed that one Dr NC Ghosh of Barak Valley recently detected some fake birth certificates proceed, which took place at the behest of a Bangladeshi racket.


In a recent visit to the entire Indo-Bangladesh international border, both overland and reverine, the actual picture of the much talked-about International Border (IB), International Border Road (IBR) and International Border Fencing (IBF) was found. But to speak the truth, it is only in papers that erecting of the barbed wire fencing along the international border has effectively checked infiltration. The fencing is there, but it is not an unbroken one. The riverine areas are left unfenced because fencing cannot be ‘easily’ raised there. Even, on the stretch of the overland areas there are a number of bridges along the IBR and all the bridges are kept unfenced, beneath which even a vehicle can pass through. Illegal traders, anti-Indian activists and infiltrators conveniently use these gaps as is known from the local people.

Between the international borderline and the fence, there is a stretch of land mostly 150 metres in breadth, which is called the ‘Zero Area’. These are mostly patta-lands of local people and hence they are allowed to cultivate and raise crop on their respective lands. To facilitate their cultivation, gates are constructed here and there and these gates are manned during the daytime. But most of them remain unmanned during the night. So, it is not difficult to trespass through these gates during the night time. In this connection, it can be mentioned here that the other side (Bangladesh) of the border has no barrier whatsoever.

Of all the activities carried on along the international border areas, five distinct types can be categorized separately. They are (a) Theft & Robbery, (b) Illegal Trade, (c) Anti-Indian Activities, (d) Illegal Migration for Food, Cloth, Shelter and Job and (e) Infiltration of Religious Fundamental activists.       (SSC)


This is not only the means to add population to this country, but also there is another way to do so. It is often found in the hospital of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas district of the Northeast Indian West Bengal that some Bangladeshi women come and get admitted into the hospital with a view to giving birth to their children and then leave the hospital silently, while doing this they give wrong identity and address.

It is a matter of astonishment that though Basirhat is a small town, it has a good number of pharmacies or ‘medical shops’, which seem greater than that of its population. The stock of medicines of these shops is also huge in quantity as the major portion of it is supplied to Bangladesh since most of these medicines are not available.


 Vote-Bank Politics Help The Plague Of Illegal Bangladeshi Foreigners Into Northeast India

All Disquiet In Northeast India


In Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Assam, the immigration racket is centered around the numerous chars (that is river-islands) of the river Brahmaputra and the traditional immigrant sanctuaries. Thousands of square kilometres of these islands are passed off in Assam State revenue records as non-cadastral lands, un-surveyed, unaccounted for and un-policed.

The paramount question in this regard is: Why some people brave into the boundary of a neighboring country even facing the danger of deadly bullets from the security personnel? Nobody likes to leave his native place and country. There must be sufficient and forceful reasons, which prompt a man to march to a foreign country.

The infiltration of foreign nationals in to this region and ever-increasing activities of extremists and fundamentalists were admitted by no other persons than Mr SB Chavan, Ex-Home Minister of India and Mr Rajesh Pilot, when he held the portfolio of the Indian State Home Ministry of the Central Government respectively. Infiltrators are being captured by the Indian state governments every now and then. But it is a matter of astonishment to note that the state governments (especially, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura in the North-East) are repeatedly denying the issue. Why? The reason is obvious: Bangladeshis are their vote-banks.

In the sixties, the Congress government of Assam encouraged the immigration of Bangladeshi nationals (specially Muslims) into the state and allowed them to blend with the populace of the aforesaid state, even granting them voting right.

“Over the years, all the Eastern part of Assam State has witnessed endless number of land settlement programmes by the Government, of Assam through various ways or schemes. Specially, during the Congress-Indira periods in the name of ‘vote-bank’ policy to distribute the pattas, to the flood victims of the minority Muslims who migrated into this Eastern Indian region from Bangladesh during English period and had been living on the Brahmaputra River islands in the western part of Assam,” stated well-known social entrepreneur-cum-writer RD Choudhury of the Northeast India.

The illegal infiltration, smuggling and anti-Indian activities in the surrounding areas of Indo-Bangladesh international border are on the rise at an alarming rate. These anti-national activities are so deep rooted that they are seen controlling the entire politics of the Northeast India. What is the most unfortunate is that almost all the political parties are keeping silence in this regard for fear of losing their vote-bank in these areas. Politics only for votes—this attitude of the political parties even at the cost of national cause gives rise to doubts in the minds of true Indians.

There is hardly any political party, which raises its voice against the touchy subjects like illegal infiltration, smuggling and anti-Indian fanatic activities in the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas, though these three factors have become the common issue of the entire Northeast India, specially in Assam and West-Bengal.

At present, the smugglers, illegal infiltrators and anti-Indian activists are using some thousands of kilometres of land and some hundreds of kilometres of water (that is, the portion of the river Brahmaputra) of the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas to carry on their activities.

As a matter of fact, 20 per cent to 25 per cent people residing in the India-Bangladesh international border areas are directly or indirectly encouraging illegal infiltration for their vested interest as they mostly depend on these illegal and anti-national activities for their life and living. In fact, ‘infiltration’ is a kind of trade that occurs in the international border, and persons engaged in this trade carry it out and take the risk in connection with the crossing of the borderline.

The ‘mediator’ or ‘tout’ (that is dalal) are reported to earn hundreds of rupees to get the foreign nationals to pass over Indian side. Moreover, there are some politically backed bigger unseen circles that said to have the guides in this affair. These people having been mingled with the Indians do this nuisance through different river ghat, buses or trains. The money required for the transaction is often been paid in Bangladeshi currency. This is now an illegal trade and unofficial business of currency exchange is going on in full swing in both side of the Indo-Bangladesh international border.

Apart from this, as per the version of observers, some anti-social elements have crept up in the Indo-Bangladesh international border areas. These anti-social elements have turned these International Border areas into a land of different types of criminal activities. It is learnt that recently they lent ‘Xerox copies’ of National Residential Certificates or National Register of Citizen (NRC), Permanent Residential Certificates or Permanent Register of Citizen (PRC), Electoral Rolls or Voter List, Voter Identity Cards (VIC), Passports, Ration Cards (RC), certificates of proof by the members of Gram Panchayat on rent to infiltrators for committing illegal activities related to enlisting names in voter lists.

These anti-social elements to rent out their papers to infiltrators on monthly basis. They live on the international border areas. The anti-social elements have chosen these activities as the means of their livelihood. Because, people (who are residing on the international border areas share same physiological features, food habits and dialects though, the intonation may be dissimilar) have relatives on both sides of the above international boundary and have own properties in both countries as well. So, when it comes to the cross border illegal activities, whether it is infiltration or smuggling or others, both sides of the international border have a finger in the tart.

The Bangladeshi infiltrators enter into Assam and West Bengal through the open ‘land routes’ and ‘riverine areas’ with the sunrise for earning daily living, says some people living on these international border areas. Some of them retain themselves in India and others leave India for their native land—it is impossible to say anything about it correctly.

They have chosen these international border areas—Indian villages—for borrowing the Xerox copies of PRC, NRC, Voter-List etc on rent. The mediators hand over or sell these Xerox copies as against Rs 100.00 to Rs 300.00. The infiltrators hide their ‘real names’ after they have received these papers and then produce themselves in new names as are written in NRC, PRC, Voter List certificates.

These ‘papers’ are necessary for detection and deportation of the foreign nationals in the Northeast India. These are of great importance. They are procured from the Deputy Commissioner Offices, Superintendent of Police Offices etc and it is necessary to prove the identity of the Indian nationals, who live in other provinces. Because, the Bangladeshi people have a common stock with that of Indians (especially, in Assam and West-Bengal). It is impossible to differentiate a Bangladeshi from an Indian unless the Citizenship Identity Cards (CIC) are introduced, as the physical appearance, behavior pattern, custom, religion, language, culture etc of the Bangladeshis are almost cent per cent similar to those of a portion of people residing in the Indo-Bangla international border areas.

The most interesting fact is that even, international border villages’ populaces make reasonable earnings by giving ‘shelter’ and ‘food’ with ‘security’ to the ‘new-comer’ (that is, illegal migrants). Once crossed the international border, the illegal immigrants simply mix up with the local populaces and hide their real names and adopt new ones.

But, the astonishing fact is that in Assam, recently another racket was found active in securing ‘Birth Certificates’ for Bangladeshi infiltrators in the Brahmaputra and Barak-Valley, particularly in Karimganj district in connivance with a section of unscrupulous government officials as well as a few police personnel. In this connection, it is also said that in some cases pregnant women from Bangladesh were facilitated to cross over the Indian land through the porous border in Dhubri and Karimganj districts of Assam and Meghalaya, so that they could deliver their babies on Indian soil enabling them to become a citizen of this country by birth. It is also alleged by the people of these districts that the birth certificates of these men and women are managed with the help of some corrupt Assam State Police and district administrative officials against a little sum of money. It is informed that one Dr NC Ghosh of Barak Valley recently detected some fake birth certificates proceed, which took place at the behest of a Bangladeshi racket.

This is not only the means to add population to this country, but also there is another way to do so. It is often found in the hospital of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas district of the Northeast Indian West Bengal that some Bangladeshi women come and get admitted into the hospital with a view to giving birth to their children and then leave the hospital silently, while doing this they give wrong identity and address.

It is a matter of astonishment that though Basirhat is a small town, it has a good number of pharmacies or ‘medical shops’, which seem greater than that of its population. The stock of medicines of these shops is also huge in quantity as the major portion of it is supplied to Bangladesh since most of these medicines are not available.

Thus, the illegal infiltrators have been establishing their dwellings in hills, reserved and unreserved forest areas, semi-towns, towns, cities and its adjoining areas. They are often helped by some political and non-political persons and their parties and organisations in order to make their vote-bank sound, say the observers.

These illegal infiltrators pass their lives either as rickshaw-pullers, daily-wage earners, rag-pickers, zari-workers, vegetable sellers, egg-sellers, fish-sellers, daily-labours or by some other illegal means (smuggling, prostitution etc) in the Northeastern states, especially in Assam and West Bengal. Added to this, they create problems like begging, stealing and damaging national properties and so on.

By Shib Shankar Chatterjee from Guwahati


Thus, the illegal infiltrators have been establishing their dwellings in hills, reserved and unreserved forest areas, semi-towns, towns, cities and its adjoining areas. They are often helped by some political and non-political persons and their parties and organisations in order to make their vote-bank sound, say the observers.


 In a recent visit to the entire Indo-Bangladesh international border, both overland and reverine, the actual picture of the much talked-about International Border (IB), International Border Road (IBR) and International Border Fencing (IBF) was found. But to speak the truth, it is only in papers that erecting of the barbed wire fencing along the international border has effectively checked infiltration. The fencing is there, but it is not an unbroken one. The riverine areas are left unfenced because fencing cannot be ‘easily’ raised there. Even, on the stretch of the overland areas there are a number of bridges along the IBR and all the bridges are kept unfenced, beneath which even a vehicle can pass through. Illegal traders, anti-Indian activists and infiltrators conveniently use these gaps as is known from the local people.

Between the international borderline and the fence, there is a stretch of land mostly 150 metres in breadth, which is called the ‘Zero Area’. These are mostly patta-lands of local people and hence they are allowed to cultivate and raise crop on their respective lands. To facilitate their cultivation, gates are constructed here and there and these gates are manned during the daytime. But most of them remain unmanned during the night. So, it is not difficult to trespass through these gates during the night time. In this connection, it can be mentioned here that the other side (Bangladesh) of the border has no barrier whatsoever.

Of all the activities carried on along the international border areas, five distinct types can be categorized separately. They are (a) Theft & Robbery, (b) Illegal Trade, (c) Anti-Indian Activities, (d) Illegal Migration for Food, Cloth, Shelter and Job and (e) Infiltration of Religious Fundamental activists.       (SSC)


These illegal infiltrators pass their lives either as rickshaw-pullers, daily-wage earners, rag-pickers, zari-workers, vegetable sellers, egg-sellers, fish-sellers, daily-labours or by some other illegal means (smuggling, prostitution etc) in the Northeastern states, especially in Assam and West Bengal. Added to this, they create problems like begging, stealing and damaging national properties and so on.

By Shib Shankar Chatterjee from Guwahati

 

 

 

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