Security beefed up to stop influx – Cachar cops keep an eye out for Rohingyas


A boat carrying Rohingya refugees arrives in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Silchar, Oct. 3: Security measures have been intensified in Barak Valley, especially in Cachar and Karimganj districts, to foil any possible infiltration bid by Rohingyas to enter India through areas bordering Bangladesh.

Sources said regular checking of vehicles and persons has been intensified, and all the border areas in the valley put on high alert.

Several Rohingya families have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar and are now trying to enter India through the porous border.

Police suspect racketeers have been active in trying to help illegal immigrants (Rohingyas) enter the country. Following inputs from intelligence agencies about this, the police are on heightened vigil.

Three persons were apprehended by Bazaricherra police in Karimganj district late on Sunday for allegedly being part of such a racket.

The arrested trio is from Sonamura under Sipahijala district in Tripura. Sonamura is nearly 112km from Karimganj.

Bazaricherra police station officer-in-charge Manoj Rajbongshi said a Karimganj court yesterday sent Sajahan Miya Choudhury, 48, Faruque Miya Choudhury, 32, and Sumon Miya Choudhury, 35, to six days’ police remand.

The operation was conducted with the help of BSF and Tripura police, he said.

In Cachar district, police and BSF are maintaining tight vigil in the border areas and at other vital locations. There are constant enquiries to ascertain whether there has been any infiltration or if any Rohingya family has taken shelter in this part of the state.

Sources said BSF officials are active in Katigorah, which shares a 32km border with Bangladesh.

People residing along the Indo-Bangladesh border areas have been asked not to panic because of the intensified checks. The BSF officials have also urged residents who live along the border areas to report anything suspicious, sources said.

Cachar superintendent of police Rakesh Roushan told The Telegraph today that both the BSF and police are active and jointly working to check infiltration.

A 24-member delegation of the Border Guards Bangladesh, led by its director-general, Maj. Gen. Abul Hussain, held talks on the Rohingya issue today with a BSF team led by its chief, K.K. Sharma, in New Delhi today, it is learnt.

The talks will conclude on Thursday.

Under a 2011 circular issued by the ministry of home affairs, the Centre and states can deport refugees only on a case by case basis but not en masse as is being sought now.

Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Bengal border Bangladesh while those that share a border with Myanmar are Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur.

SWAPNANEEL BHATTACHARJEE Telegraph India

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