Bangladesh President faces protests in Assam over illegal immigration issue

Bangladesh President faces protests in Assam over illegal immigration issue

Guwahati | March 09, 2018

The ongoing issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh is not a new thing for the residents of Assam, especially after the implementation of the NRC wherein the government is making elaborate attempts to identify the illegal immigrants. In view of the ongoing state of affairs, the arrival of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid was vehemently protested by the members of the Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad today in Assam who called for Bangladesh to “take back its nationals.”

The organization staged the demonstration in front of the Hotel Vivanta by Taj in the northeast Indian state, where the Bangladesh president was staying, reports the Telegraph India.

“Bangladesh should take back its 7,000,000 nationals who have been living in Assam illegally. It should also return Assam’s land which is in its possession. Otherwise, his visit here is meaningless,” one of the protesters was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The protesters also claimed that Bangladesh was sheltering anti-India elements from China and Pakistan.

Various organizations in Assam have raised demands for the detection and deportation of Bangladeshis living in the state illegally, though the lack of a repatriation agreement between India and Bangladesh serves as a barrier.

A total 33 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were deported from Assam between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.

Bangladesh president visits Meghalaya

On Friday, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid visited the Indian state of Meghalaya.

In addition to taking a tour of Balat town, the president was called on by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Conrad Sangma, who welcomed him at the airport.

President Abdul Hamid is set to go to New Delhi on Sunday.

TNT News with inputs from Dhaka Tribune



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