Bangladeshi Infiltration: An Organised Syndicate? Why Tripura Wants A SIT Probe

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The BSF authority has also been alerted to intensify vigil along the border to prevent infiltration from across the border.
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The BSF authority has also been alerted to intensify vigil along the border to prevent infiltration from across the border.

Guwahati: Illegal infiltration from Bangladesh continued to remain alarming in the northeastern region as neighboruing state of Tripura has sounded a ‘red alert’. On Friday, a special investigation team (SIT) of Tripura police will probe into the infiltration from Bangladesh.

The decision was an immediate fall out of a series of incidents occurred recently in which some 27 Bangladesh nationals were detained in Rajnagar and Ramnagar areas in the outskirts of the state capital Agartala on Monday and Tuesday.

A senior police official in Agartala told TIME8, “Several cases of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh have been registered in recent times. The decision was taken at the highest level that the SIT will dig deep into the case.”

The official informed that at least six major cases will be transferred to the SIT to enable and ensure concentrated, focused and end to end investigation in coordination with other security agencies working in Tripura and at the central level to identify organised network involved in such activities.

Investigation so far has revealed that infiltration was happening in some bordering unfenced areas of West, Sepahijala, Unakoti and North districts.

The BSF authority has also been alerted to intensify vigil along the border to prevent infiltration from across the border.

Last year, a conglomerate of six Chakma organisations in Tripura has demanded a probe into the entry of about 10,000 Tripuri people from Bangladesh.

In a memorandum submitted to the then chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, organisations such as the Chakma Buddhist Welfare Society and the Chakma Development Foundation of India said repeated attacks by Bengali Muslim settlers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh made at least 10,000 Tripuris to take refuge in the adjoining Dhalai and South Tripura districts of Tripura.

In Bangladesh’s CHT, some 3, 00,000 Tripuris live. The Tripuris are also among the 19 recognised tribes of Tripura.

“At least 860 families or about 8,600 persons from 28 Tripuri villages… under Khagrachari district of Bangladesh have fled to Tripura and settled in various places such as East Sabroom, Silachari, Suknachari, Kaptala Para, Gorakappa, Ailmara and Karbook, Pancharatan and all the way up to Raisyabari since 2000,” the memorandum said.

In Tripura, around 85 percent Indo-Bangla border out of total 856 km border has been fenced so far while work was in progress to complete the fencing work in the remaining sector.

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