Rohingya Crisis: Is there any solution?

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers walk across the open border with Bangladesh to attend a flag meeting in West Bengal, India, June 20, 2015. Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this year - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour. Picture taken June 20, 2015. To match Feature INDIA-CATTLE/BANGLADESH REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri - GF10000146613

New Delhi: Indications are that Narendra Modi government has come up with140 vulnerable locations, deployed more security personnel and surveillance gadgets, and launched a “campaign” against organised criminal gangs that help Rohingyas sneak across the India-Bangladesh border.

BSF Director General (DG) KK Sharma and the visiting BGB chief, Major General Abul Hossain, addressed the media at the end of their talks that began after the Bangladeshi delegation arrived here on 2 October.

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The BGB DG said they have assured the BSF that the policy of the Bangladeshi government is very clear and “does not allow” their soil to be used for any kind of terrorist activity, neither in their country nor against its neighbour India.

“We are both aware that the issue is very very serious as large number of Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh. You are very right in apprehending that the spillover effect of the Rohingyas crossing over to India is also very genuine. Both of us (BSF-BGB) have taken steps.

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“The BGB has ensured that their (Rohingyas) movement is being regulated and they have mounted some nakas and check posts on various routes to ensure that they do not cross over to our side,” the BSF DG said.

The pivotal factor here is that the surveillance equipments have been “diverted” from other BSF posts and deployed all along the eastern frontier.

“We are also in touch with our sister agencies, the intelligence agencies, to identify and take action against the touts. Because, these people (Rohingyas) cannot come on their own. There are organised criminals on both the sides who assist in their crossing over to India. So, we are mounting the campaign against the touts,” DG Sharma said.

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“Our government has taken a decision and the Rohingyas have been put in the Cox’s Bazar district,” he said, adding they have identified the exit and entry points (of Rohingyas) which are being guarded properly.