Indian Army Must Detect and Deport Illegal Bangladeshis, Seize Illegal Arms
The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), NDFB(P), the pro-talk faction of an Assamese militant group, engaged in a peace process for the past six years, says it welcomes the Assam State Government initiative to allow Indian Army security forces a 'free hand' to seize illegal arms in the Western Part of Assam.
The security forces have already started their operation in the area, where ethnic conflicts recently flared up. The organization says the peoples of the state would much feel happier, be more relaxd and secure if the Assam Chief Minister authorised the Army to detect and deport the 'illegal Bangladeshi immigrants' in addition to seizing the illegal arms.
The militant organization described in their press release on 30th August, 2012 and said, "The fact is that illegal arms are available in every nook and corner of the state and not only in lower part of Assam State but also in entire state. Therefore, we, the NDFB (P) feel that the drive for seizure of illegal arms should be operative in the entire state, if the IASG really has sincerity in prevailing peace in the state.
The press release says "during our official as well as informal interactions with the officials of the IASG since the beginning of our peace process, we time and again expressed our apprehension for probability of unwarranted situations due to availability of illegal arms in the region and appealed them to take bold steps to seize those arms but for the reasons best known only to them the authorities did nothing and as a consequence each and every part of Assam State is today seen to be in boil with kidnapping, killing and ethnic-riots, et cetera. The present ethnic violence is none but the outcome of laxity of IASG authorities in this regard."
The organization also criticised one of India's leading English national dailies reporting, published on 29th August, 2012 mentioning it specifically in their press release, "It is absolutely concocted, fabricated and completely false reporting. We were surprised, when we saw the news, where the report allegedly accused us that our organisation is directly having taking part in the recent communal-riots between the Boro Tribe and the illegal Bengali speaking Bangladeshi minority Mulsim immigrants in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts of the Assam State."
Cadres of Northeast Indian extremist group-NDFB(P) in their designated camp areas at Kokrajhar District of Eastern Indian State, Assam during cease-fire periods in 2005.
Photo: Shib Shankar Chatterjee
"We have deep respect for the media and its people, be it print or electronic, for their selfless services to the people and the society. Being the fourth pillar of the democracy unbiased and untainted service of the media is inevitable for peace, harmony and development of our nation. We therefore appeal to the media persons not to create confusion and misunderstanding among the people by publishing false and baseless news.
The NDFB (P) says they are working for peace and mutual understanding among the people of different communities living together in the area. The organization's Information & Publicity Secretary of NDFB (P) noted in the press letter: "Therefore we would like to appeal the people of all the circles and all the communities not to be misled by such baseless and motivated publicity and further would like to appeal to keep strict vigilance to the evil forces to keep the social fabric in a smooth run."
"Meanwhile, we already submitted the list of arms to the IASG on the day of signing of cease-fire agreement and these arms are being kept in the magazine rooms of our camps as per the Ground Rules in a double locked system. The locks are being sealed off by the IASG authorities and cannot be opened without the presence of the authorised person of the government. The arms are checked and counted every month either by the Indian Army or the personnel of the Indian Assam State Police Force (IASPF) and the locality as well."
As per the Ground Rule signed on the 25th May, 2005, and also on the 6th January, 2009, (with some amendment) the arms are to be kept in the magazine rooms of the camps. "This is written in no uncertain term in both the Ground Rules we signed. The arms are to be submitted to the government only after the peace agreement. The system is duly being observed without violation. Our arms are in safe custody under the strict surveillance of the IASG authorities. We are not violating any agreed ground rule as has been alleged in the news of the said newspaper."
The press message notes that there are IASPF Out Posts attached to each of the NDFB (P) designated camps, to monitor the movements of their cadres in and out. Given this, they ask "How can one imagine NDFB (P) cadres' involvement in the violence, while each and every move of them is checked and restricted?"
Editor's Note: Here are previous investigative stories filed by Shib Shankar Chatterjee on issues related to illegal immigration, which appear to be a major part of the root cause of disputes.
1. Peace Foundation Demands: Stop Ethnic Conflict, Start Clearing Tribal Belts And Blocks
August 29th, 2012 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
2. India's Minorities Commission Communalises The Ethnic Clash In Assam
August 22, 2012 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
3. Ethnic Conflict: Boro Tribe v. Illegal Bangladeshi Migration In Assam
Aug 7, 2012 By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
4. Boroland Leaders Ask Sonia Gandhi To Help Solve Boro Problem
Aug 16, 2012. By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
5. Memorandum Calls for End of Communal Clashes in Assam
Jul 27, 2012 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
6. Unabated Illegal Bangladeshi Threats to The Ethnic Identity of Boroland
Aug 29, 2011 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
7. All Disquiet in North-East India
6th November, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
8. Northeast Indian Region Threatened By Illegal Influx
14th November, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
9. Millions of Foreigners in India,
24th November, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
10. India Ignores Illegal Migration In Northeast India, People Continue to Suffer,
13th October, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
11. An Ugly Attack on Human Rights
29th October, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
12. Saga of Devastation in Brahmaputra Valley River Islands : A Story of Vanishing Islands in North East India
30th November, 2009 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
13. International Border Disputes & Adverse-Possessions of India-Bangladesh International Border-land Dispute - Indian paid tax but Bangladeshi gets ownership : Adverse Possessions Cause India-Bangladesh Boundary Disputes
30th September, 2011 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
14. Secret Dossier of Land Dispute Between India and Bangladesh
6th May, 2012 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
15. India-Bangladesh International Border Disputes - Muhuri River
18th April, 2012 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
16. Inhabitants of Indian Enclaves Often Oppressed, Neglected and Exploited : Indian Enclaves Battered With Hostilities and Isolation
23rd January, 2011 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
17. Bangladeshis Sneak Into India for Free Medical Check Ups
8th March, 2010 ... By Shib Shankar Chatterjee
Shib Shankar Chatterjee is a former BBC, The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Statesman Contributor from Northeast India, who specializes in investigations of important issues affecting the people of India and Bangladesh. Read more stories by Shib Shankar Chatterjee.
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