Sponsored by

BSF uses Bengali skills, local intelligence to check influx of Rohingya migrants

Kolkata: The BSF has enhanced patrolling along 22 sensitive spots in West Bengal and is using local language skills as well as intelligence to check the influx of Rohingya into the country.

In most cases, the Rohingya try to pass themselves off as Bangladeshis if they are apprehended by the BSF, officials said.

To counter this, jawans adept in Bengali language are used for questioning.

 BSF uses Bengali skills, local intelligence to check influx of Rohingya migrants

Rohingya migrants. AP

"If people crossing the border illegally are apprehended, they are questioned by the jawans. And although Rohingya try to identify themselves as Bangladeshis, in most of the cases their accent of Bengali betrays them. The accent of Bangladeshis and Rohingya is a bit different," said a senior BSF official.

A detailed questioning reveals their identity. The 22 spots are spread across North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, and Krishnanagar districts. "These spots were there but after this issue of the Rohingya came up, we have reviewed those sensitive spots from where both Bangladeshis and Rohingya can cross. We have increased our vigil and are using local skills to identify them," PSR Anajaneyulu, IG, BSF (South Bengal), said.

According to BSF sources in the South Bengal frontier, patrolling in those areas has been enhanced and the ground level forces who are adept in Bengali language have been deployed. As many as 175 Rohingya have been apprehended by the BSF, out of which seven were in 2017, BSF officials said.

The BSF is also enhancing its local source base and working with different central agencies to track the movement of Rohingya and identify them.

Of the 4,096-km-long Indo-Bangladesh border, 2,216.7 km is in West Bengal.

Terming the Rohingya refugees as "illegal" immigrants, the government on 18 September told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups such as the IS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes in Rakhine state in Myanmar recently to escape a military crackdown.

Your guide to the latest election news, analysis, commentary, live updates and schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on firstpost.com/elections. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates from all 543 constituencies for the upcoming general elections.

Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 10:13:22 IST

Also See