BSF pushes back Rohingya from Tripura

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17 illegal migrants caught and handed over to police; 75 vulnerable locations have been identified on a 21-km stretch in the State

On instructions from the Home Ministry, the Border Security Force recently pushed back four Rohingya Muslims who were trying to cross over an unfenced stretch on the Bangladesh border in Tripura.This is the first instance of Rohingya being pushed back since the Home Ministry circular on August 19 to identify and deport them.

An official said the BSF had identified 75 vulnerable locations on a 21-km stretch in Tripura.NHRC opposition National Human Rights Commission has opposed the government’s move to deport and push back the Rohingya and sought a report from the Ministry.

 on September 15 that Assam and Manipur had asked the State police and the BSF to push back any Rohingya attempting to enter the country . “This year, 17 Rohingya Muslims were caught along the Tripura and Assam border. They were handed over to the police and action is being taken against them,” said a BSF official on condition of anonymity.

Asked how they identified the Rohingya, he said, “The Bengali dialect they speak is different from that spoken in India and Bangladesh. It is not difficult to identify them. They could have travelled from the Cox Bazar area [a large number of Rohingya has taken shelter here] in Bangladesh all the way to the Tripura border.”

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