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Residents of ‘No man’s land’ in Karimganj spending days in ‘captivity’
Bivash Bardhan

 NILAMBAZAR, Sept 15 - Indians living in ‘No-man’s land’ outside the border fencing on the India-Bangladesh international border in Karimganj district are currently living in ‘captivity’.

 All of them are ‘bound in chains of subjugation’ in their motherland. According to information available, in the villages of Chandsrikona, Jagannathi, Serulbhag and Lafashail of Karimganj district, the people are suffering a lot. As there is no work nor livelihood, obviously there is hunger in every house. But due to the policy adopted by the BSF, they are not able to come out or go anywhere in search of work or a livelihood. Local people allege that the BSF people did not give them a chance to even cultivate crops in the paddy fields.

It may perhaps not be out of place to mention here that the BSF has a statutory rule to open the gates for the movement of people living outside the fencing of the international border. But this rule was changed recently after the nationwide lockdown was announced to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Strangely enough, the government has reportedly not provided any opportunity for normal movement of border people even during the unlock period. As a result, the residents of ‘No man’s land’ cannot come to India in search of bread, nor can they go to Bangladesh. Hence, an uncertain future haunts them.

Former MLA and chairman of AIDC, Mission Ranjan Das after considering the plight of the residents of ‘No man’s land’, urged the BSF authorities to open the border gates for the ill-fated people’s movement on a priority basis.

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