State BJP is forming its own 'vigilance teams' along the Bengal-Bangladesh to check the problem of infiltration. Districts such as North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Malda and Murshidabad will get special attention as a lot of infiltration takes place in these areas, state BJP leaders told HT.
These teams – drawn from local BJP workers and sympathizers – will coordinate with BSF and local police personnel. If they find any suspicious matter, they will forthwith inform these two agencies.
“Infiltration is a big problem in Bengal, and the ruling party is indifferent to this issue. On many occasions terrorists entered India through the Bengal-Bangladesh border taking advantage of the state government’s callousness. We have decided to form our vigilance teams across the state along the border areas,” Rahul Sinha the state BJP leader told HT.
Criminals have snipped miles of fencing, says local BJP leaders, facilitating crossovers. In many areas the fencing is rare. For example, most of the stretch out of the 42-km border under Swarupnagar police station (in North 24 Parganas district) is unfenced.
Before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, infiltration turned into a political issue in Bengal with BJP turning its guns against the ruling party, accusing it of conniving at the problem to gain political mileage. While campaigning, Narendra Modi attacked chief minister Mamata Banerjee for winking at infiltration. She is indulging in vote bank politics, alleged Modi.
After the October 2 blast in Burdwan, the infiltration issue has moved to centrestage.
“We do not support infiltration. But let me also tell you the onus of stopping it lies with BSF,” said Kalyan Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress MP.
“One can’t imagine the present condition of Bongaon (in North 24 Parganas). It has turned into a safest zone for infiltrators and smugglers. Human trafficking is rampant, and the police in ineffective in preventing it. In my area I have already started taking steps to form a vigilance team,” said K D Biswas, the BJP leader who contested from Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency this year.
“After infiltrating in Bengal, the Bangladesh nationals manage to obtain voter identity and ration cards managing the local political leaders. Despite information in most cases, police are doing nothing because of political pressure,” alleged the BJP state president.
After the Burdwan explosion, investigating agencies came to know that most of the operatives of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) activities sneaked into Bengal taking advantage of the porous international border. Later some of them managed voter identity and ration cards.
“There are many unfenced areas on Bengal-Bangladesh border and shortly the fencing of these areas would be done,” the state BJP president claimed.
In many occasions, state BJP has raised the cattle smuggling issue getting done for years. The smugglers regularly smuggle cattle to Bangladesh through North 24 parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts. These smugglers are very much powerful and in many occasions they even killed the BSF personnel when they tried to resist them.
Currently, BSF personnel do not open fire on infiltrators, unless they are fired at.