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Bangladeshi could become State CM: Sinha
Posted on: 29-03-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

If the unabated infiltration of foreigners is allowed to continue, the situation in Assam will be worse than that of Kashmir in the days to come and one should not be surprised if a Bangladeshi national manages to become the Chief Minister of the State, warned former Assam Governor Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sinha.

Talking to The Assam Tribune at the Raj Bhawan here, Lt Gen Sinha, who is on a three-day visit to the North East, admitted that it might be difficult to push back the infiltrators, but the Government must seal the international border and take steps to make the foreigners stateless citizens to deny them the political powers. He said that if the foreigners are made stateless citizens, they would not be able to buy land in the state and such a step is a must to protect the interests of the indigenous people.

Lt Gen Sinha said that the Government must have the political will to deal with the problem of infiltration and stop indulging on vote bank politics. He expressed the view that the fencing along the Indo-Bangla border could not be completed even after so many years because of lack of political will and corruption, which is very unfortunate. He further pointed out that before the Border Security Force (BSF) was deployed along the international border, a separate police force under the Prevention of Infiltration of Foreigners (PIF) scheme used to guard the international border and though the force still exists,

it is not being utilised properly. The border police force should have been utilised properly to create an effective second line of defence to nab the infiltrators who manage to sneak past the BSF men deployed along the international border, he pointed out. He also lamented that even though the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act was struck down by the Supreme Court, no action has been initiated by the Government to deal with the problem of infiltration.

Commenting on the security scenario, the former State Governor said that the situation is deteriorating because of the lack of political will of the Government to deal with the situation. He pointed out that the latest trend of religious terrorism with the growth of jehadi terrorists gave a new dimension to the situation, making it even worse. He said that the Government must deal with the terrorists with an iron hand before the situation goes out of control.

Lt Gen Sinha said that at one point of time, the militant groups like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) enjoyed mass support and there were occasions when a militant after being killed was hailed as a martyr. But the situation has now changed and the militants have been alienated from the masses. The killing of social worker Sanjoy Ghosh started a new trend and the killing of women and children in Dhemaji, which was nothing but an act of terrorism, completely alienated the ULFA from the people.

The backbone of the ULFA was completely broken but vote bank politics and a soft stand by the Government allowed the outfit to regroup. “It is alleged that certain political leaders went to the extent of paying money to the militants to win the polls, which is very unfortunate,” he added. He expressed the view that efforts should be made for finding a political solution to the problem of militancy, but at the same time, the situation should never be allowed to go out off control and any act of terrorism should be dealt with firmly.

Lt Gen Sinha said that he was shocked to see the Assam Chief Minister issuing an appeal to the ULFA to withdraw the call to boycott the National Games. By doing so, the Chief Minister degraded his office and demoralised the security forces, he added.

The former Governor also expressed the view that in the ensuing polls, the people of the country should vote for political parties which would not compromise on national security by indulging in vote bank politics

 
 

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