Agartala: A stand-off between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) personnel over the nationality of 12 Bangladeshis, including four women and seven children, have led to a humanitarian crisis. These people are stranded on the India-Bangladesh border at Miyapara in Tripura’s Sipahijala district since 11 July amid the raging coronavirus disease outbreak.
The BGB is “delaying” the identity confirmation of these 12 Bangladeshis stranded at the India-Bangladesh international border (IB) in Tripura for the last six days, the Border Security Force said on 16 July.
The 12 Bangladeshis are
- Kulsum Bibi (60)
- Barsida Begam (35)
- Rajita Begam (30)
- Mohinuddin (22)
- Sajana Begam (21)
- Shakil Miah (14)
- Ravena Khatun (12)
- Sakib (11)
- Raja Hossain (9)
- Rashmi Akhtar (4)
- Alia Khatun (3) and
- Rajaul Hossain (2).
“On 11 July at about 6 PM, 12 people, including a man, four women, and seven children, were traced near border pillar No. 2039/12-S. They revealed to a BSF patrol party that they are residents of Harikula village under Chandina police station of Bangladesh’s Comilla district. They were directed to go back to Bangladesh’s territory,” stated a BSF press release issued in the evening yesterday.
The documents included their photographs, home address, family tree chart and a CD that contained voice and video conversation between one of the stranded Bangla citizen Kulsum Bibi (60) with her son who resides in Bangladesh.
However, Bangladesh authorities have been delaying the confirmation despite evidences handed over to BGB by BSF during the Commandant-level flag meeting.
“We handed over one CD containing voice and videos conversation between Kulsum Bibi, a sixty-year-old, the oldest in the group. Her son, who is residing in Bangladesh has spoken to her on whatsapp call. But, still BGB did not respond positively,” a BSF officer posted in the area said.
The BSF said a company commander level meeting was held on the day of their apprehension at the BGB post named Kasba.
During the meeting, BGB Commander refused to accept those 12 Bangladeshi nationals as they could not provide any valid documents to establish their identity as Bangladeshis.
BSF authorities have alleged that the BGB counterparts are deliberately delaying the process of ascertaining the nationality of the 12 people, who are stranded on the Indo-Bangla border since 11 July.
The BSF is providing basic amenities to the stranded people on humanitarian ground.