Bangladeshi Influx into Northeast, Pak Proxy War: Army Chief

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A “planned” influx of people from Bangladesh into the country’s northeast is taking place as part of a “proxy warfare” by Pakistan with support from China, India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday, while addressing a conference in New Delhi on bridging gaps and securing borders in India’s northeast region on Wednesday. He mentioned that the influx is being executed with an aim to keep the area disturbed.

“Migration from Bangladesh is due to two reasons. One, they are running out of space. Large areas get flooded during the monsoon and they have constricted area to stay. So, people will continue coming into our place,” the Army Chief said.

He also added, ” “The other issue is a planned immigration that is taking place because of our western neighbour (Pakistan). They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over through proxy warfare. This proxy game is being very well played by our western neighbour and supported by our northern neighbour (China).”

He also mentioned that development is the main issue of northeast and identifying the population of this area is very important. He said the solution to the problems of northeast lies in ensuring development of the region by taking a holistic approach.

“The government is looking at northeast with right perspective and time will not be far when we will be able to amalgamate this region and with development will come the control of people of this region,” expressed the Army Chief.

Referring to reports of increase in Muslim population in several districts of Assam, he said, “There is a party called AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front). They have grown in a faster time-frame than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grew over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam.”

He also mentioned that the government must send a message that peace will lead to development in the region, adding enough development has not taken place in Mizoram though it is a peaceful state.

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