Keen to keep the illegal immigrants out especially the massive Rohingya refugees looking to break into India, the country has now claimed to have identified 120 vulnerable points along its 4,096km border with Bangladesh.
The government plans to deployed additional BSF jawans to detect and push back Rohingya refugees if they try to enter the country, home ministry sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said the border force, which has intensified patrol, has been told to only push the infiltrators back into Bangladesh and not arrest them.
Delhi considers the Rohingya – who have fled persecution in Myanmar – a security threat and claims it has evidence that some of the 40,000 now living in India have links with terrorist groups.
The issue is also in the Supreme Court and it had last October put on hold the Narendra Modi government’s plans to deport the Rohingya.
The order to push the Rohingya back came amid ongoing director-general-level talks in Dhaka between the BSF and its Bangladesh counterpart BGB.
It is here that the Indian side voiced concern over the influx of Rohingya, who are mostly Muslims.
Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have sought shelter in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, popularly known as Cox’s Bazar.>