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'1 lakh legal Bangladeshis missing'

world Updated: Aug 10, 2008 13:02 IST

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Security forces are in the look-out of over one lakh Bangladeshis who had entered the country legally and have gone missing, a senior police officer has said.

"Over 1 lakh Bangladeshis who entered India with valid passports and visa are traceless as on date, Meghalaya'a Additional Director General of Police Kulbir Khrishna said while speaking at a seminar 'Changes in Security Perspective of Indo-Bangladesh' here.

He said the fact that these Bangladeshis had valid documents, so number could be ascertained. "The total illegal migrants in India could be astounding," he said.

Pointing that there was evidence to show the involvement of HUJI, which has proximity to Bangladesh's intelligence agency DGFI and Pakistan's ISI, in a number of terror attacks in the country in the recent past, he said the porous border has fomented the movement of insurgent elements and illegal migrants.

"The seat of power in Bangladesh is occupied by elements who comes from different streams of thoughts. This makes it further difficult to deal with the problem," Khrisnan said.

Maintaining that enhanced trade links with the neighbouring country could see the terror groups lose relevance, he referred to the US pouring money in countries like Mexico and Honduras to uplift the countries economically in a bid to check the migration from these countries to the US.