Amidst talks of deporting the Rohingya Muslims from India, the Border Security Force has stepped up vigilante along 22 sensitive and vulnerable spots in West Bengal. The BSF is also using local language skills as well as intelligence network to check the influx of Rohingyas into the country. In most cases, the Rohingyas 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. “If a person crossing the border illegally is apprehended, he is questioned by the jawans. And although Rohingyas try to identify themselves as Bangladeshis, in most of the cases their accent of Bengali betrays them. The accent of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas are a bit different,” said a senior BSF official.
A detailed questioning reveals their identity.