Deflating the UPA Government’s claims that illegal migration from Bangladesh has declined in recent years, Army chief General Bikram Singh on Tuesday said it a matter of grave concern and a threat to national security.
Speaking at a seminar in New Delhi organised by a security think tank, Bikram Singh said that problem of illegal migration in Bangladesh has led to demographic changes in the northeast. He said that illegal migration has also led to serious internal security challenges in Assam.
As per a report published in The Times of India, Bikram Singh said the forces had received a lot of help from the current political system in Bangladesh but responsibility needed to be fixed on illegal migration.
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It is reported that during his address, Singh also criticised Pakistan for keeping the western border on fire by indulging in record ceasefire violations last year.
“I don’t want to sound jingoistic… But we have given Pakistan a bloody nose,” Singh said.
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Singh also raised issue of terrorists from Kashmir returning back to the Valley through Nepal under the J&K Government’s rehabilitation policy. He said many of them are suspected to indulge in forming sleeper cells for terror outfits.