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Home Minister: Dhaka closely monitoring India’s CAA, NRC issues

  • Published at 09:39 pm January 26th, 2020
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

The home minister made the remarks while replying to a starred question raised by treasury bench member Ashim Kumar Ukil in parliament on Sunday

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that Bangladesh is closely observing India’s internal situation over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), considering the issues as the ‘internal matters’ of the neighbouring country.

“We consider the CAA as an internal matter of India. We, however, are closely monitoring their internal situation,” he said.

The home minister made the remarks while replying to a starred question raised by treasury bench member Ashim Kumar Ukil in parliament on Sunday, reports BSS.

Kamal said the Indian government has recently planned to implement the CAA and NRC in different states of the country as per their own policy.

“But the controversy that has been created over the bill (CAA) can be viewed as a part of India’s internal politics,” he said. 

Terming India as a friendly neighbour of Bangladesh, the home minister said the good neighbourly relations between Bangladesh and India are continuing. 

“We do believe that as a neighbouring country, the Indian government will pay full attention to strong mutual trust, amity, and understanding with the Bangladesh government and its people while taking steps on the basis of their political commitments,” he said. 

Kamal pointed out that assurances have been given by the highest level of the Indian government to the Bangladesh government that there will not be any "unwanted impact" on its neighbour.

'BGB on highest alert to check illegal intrusion'

The home minister said the members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) always remain at the highest alert to check any illegal intrusion from India. 

He went on saying that the BGB is regularly patrolling inside the eight kilometers of "Zero Line" while joint patrols are also underway by the BGB and the taskforce outside the eight kilometers of the "Zero Line".

Kamal added that the paramilitary force always takes stringent security measures to prevent any transborder crimes, including trespassing and smuggling, in the frontier areas.