Thursday, June 23, 2005

INDIA: Inflitration Menace - Part 1-:Fear Of Socio-Political Tensions In The North-East

Video cassettes containing inflammable communal propaganda material imported by Bangladeshi migrants openly circulate in the border districts of West Bengal and the Barak Valley of Assam, boosting Islamic fundamentalism in the regions. Mullahs in Murshidabad district have imposed social and economic boycott against Sufi bauls who sing paeans of humanism, but the state administration has turned a blind eye to such acts of intransigence lest action against the miscreants affect Left Front vote bank. Bangladeshi infiltrators in collusion with local CPI-M cadres and mafia dons have unleashed a reign of terror in the outlying panchayats of Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda districts. Many migrants openly cultivate ganja in border areas on land bought from local Hindus who are fleeing to towns for security. The contraband is smuggled to Bangladesh in exchange for firearms and explosives that land at ethnic and Maoist insurgent bases in North Bengal, Assam and Nepal. Needless to say, the CPI-M-underworld nexus helps fill the party coffers. In the backdrop of these stark realities, the dilly-dallying by the state and Union governments in addressing the problem of illegal immigration has produced backlash in the Upper Assam districts. A hitherto unknown organisation called Chiring Chapori Yuva Morcha in Dibrugarh has imposed economic sanctions against migrants, including denial of employment. As the blockade got under way, Bangladeshi workers began fleeing away from the Upper Assam districts to the immigrants-dominated five districts of Dhubri, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Morigaon and Nowgaon, aggravating, in the process, the existing communal imbalance in the Lower Assam region.

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