Monday, June 2, 2014
Ex–BSF ADG alleges bureaucrats–illegal Bangladeshi migrants’ nexus
NEW DELHI, A former additional director general (ADG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday dropped a bombshell alleging that bureaucrats and Forest Department officials in Assam sold large tracts of forest land to illegal Bangladeshi migrants with fraudulent process.
“Most of the forest land in Guwahati and Kokrajhar was sold to illegal Bangladeshis by Revenue and Forest Department officials with the support of bureaucrats,” said PK Mishra, former ADG of the BSF.
He claimed that in the 2016 Assembly elections in Assam, the Badaruddin Ajmal–led party might capture unexpected number of seats, “if illegal migration to Assam continues in such a way”.
Mishra’s statement will no doubt create ripples in the government as well as in the political circle.
It may be mentioned that Mishra was deployed in the extreme areas along the India–Bangladesh border from 1971 till 1990. He had also supervised the border fencing and floodlighting work in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and some char areas on the Brahmaputra. Recounting his experience, Mishra said almost all the political parties have been playing vote bank politics with the issue of illegal migration. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Maoists are the biggest internal threat for the country, but he never mentioned about illegal migrants, which is in fact a serious challenge to country’s security and demographic situation,” he added.
The presence of about six crores illegal Bangladeshi migrants are posing maximum threat to India’s security.
Referring to the recent carnage in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts, Mishra said until and unless the issue of illegal migration is not taken seriously, such incidents will certainly occur in the near future.
The former ADG of the BSF has also authored a book titled ‘Bangladeshi Migrants: A Threat to India’, which deals with the problem of illegal migration.