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Wednesday 19 February 2020

NRC internal affair of India: Border Guards Bangladesh

BGB DG Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam refused to comment on the Citizenship Amendment Act

The head of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has described the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as an internal matter of the Government of India amid protests going on in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The BGB said that there is better coordination between the border security forces of the two countries.

BGB Director-General Maj Gen Shafeenul Islam said that the force will continue to stop the entry of illegal people into India. A BGB delegation led by Islam is on a visit to meet its Border Security Force (BSF) counterparts for border talks between the director-generals of the two countries.

On the NRC issue, Islam said, “This is completely an internal matter of the Government of India. When the director-general was asked about the new provision of granting of Indian citizenship under the CAA to non-Muslims who have suffered religious persecution from three countries, including Bangladesh, he said he did not want to comment.

When asked to comment on the events happening in India after the passage of CAA by the Indian parliament, the BGB DG said, “I’d say that coordination and relations between the two forces (BSF and BGB) are very good.”

In response to a question about the killing of a jawan by a BGB man near the India-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal, the BGB DG said it was a sad, inappropriate and unexpected incident. Islam said, “The investigation is still going on. We will take the necessary steps.”

BSF Director General VK Johri said that the incident was unexpected and unfortunate and some lessons would have to be taken from it. “We are preparing a detailed standard operating procedure in view of this incident which happened near the border with Bangladesh,” Johri said.

In October, a BSF jawan had died in a shootout by the Bangladeshi Army on the India-Bangladesh border. Another jawan, who was seriously injured, had to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.

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