GUWAHATI, May 24 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh has demanded that the State Government immediately constitute a judicial enquiry to find out the persons who lodged FIRs to brand genuine Bengali Hindus as Bangladeshis. The party, in a statement, said that since the last Assembly election in the State, hundreds of FIRs have been lodged against Bengali Hindu citizens in the district of Nagaon and specially in Hojai subdivision.
Party spokesperson Shiladitya Dev alleged that a few Congress ministers have been targetting the Hindu migrants so that out of fear these migrants would side with the Congress party.
Dev said that after partition of India, it was the liability of the Government of India to safeguard the minorities of the then East Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh.)
“But the minorities of Bangladesh who migrated to India to save themselves from atrocities and religious conversion did not find the Indian Government very friendly. Even the Assam Government has not differentiated the Bangladeshi migrants on the basis of religion and, therefore, the Hindu migrants are also branded as foreigners,” said Dev.
He said that India’s boundary with Bangladesh is 4,053 km and that with Assam it is only 263 km which includes 119 km of riverine area.
“But in comparison to other States bordering Bangladesh, Assam is worst affected since Bangladeshi Muslim migrants have been entering the State due to the patronage of the successive Congress governments due to its vote bank policy. But now since the Bangladeshi Muslim vote bank has shifted to the AIUDF under the leadership of Baddaruddin Ajmal, the Congress has targetted the Hindu migrants,” said Dev.
Dev further said that last year, an FIR was lodged against one Hemendra Biswas and his wife Sunati Biswas of Soutal Basti under Hojai Police Station and without any investigation, the case was sent to the Foreigners Tribunal. Dev added that had the police investigated the matter before sending it to the tribunal, it would have saved the 82-year- old man from all the harassment since his documents prove he migrated to India in 1950 and has his and his wife’s name in the voters list of 1966. The victim has also served in the Indian Railways and is drawing pension.
It is also pertinent to mention here that a delegation of the State BJP called on the President of India during his recent visit to the State and a memorandum on the issue of D-voters was submitted to him.