Not worried about India’s citizenship crisis: BGB chief

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General (DG) Major General Shafeenul Islam said BGB is not worried about the current citizenship act crisis in India. He said this while answering questions to journalists at a media briefing held at the BGB headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday. 

After the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) crisis began in India, around 445 intruders were detained in the last two months while trying to enter from India, he said, adding that they were, however, Bangladeshi citizens who went to India in search of work.

“It is BGB’s duty to stop illegal infiltration into the country. It is our routine job and has nothing to do with NRC or CAA, therefore we are not worried about India’s internal crisis,” the BGB chief told media personnel. “Last year, a total of 972 including woman and children (all Bangladeshi citizens) were detained while trying to enter Bangladesh and 253 cases were filed against them. All of them went or tried to go to India at different times through middlemen,” the BGB chief added.