India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday a "planned" influx of people from Bangladesh into the country’s northeast is taking place as part of a “proxy warfare” by Pakistan with support from China.
He made the above remarks while addressing a conference in New Delhi on bridging gaps and securing borders in India’s northeast region on Wednesday.
Bipin Rawat said the influx was taking place with an aim to keep the area “disturbed,” according to Press Trust of India (PTI)
Reflecting on the influx of Bangladeshis into the northeast, he said a “planned immigration” was taking place because of India’s “western neighbour” [Pakistan] who always “try and ensure that this area is ‘taken over,’ playing the proxy dimension of warfare."
He further said that the “proxy game” was very well played by India’s western neighbour, and was “supported by their ‘northern border’ [China] to keep the area disturbed.”
However, he also admitted that migration was mainly taking place from Bangladesh because of “shrinking land space in the country [Bangladesh] due to various reasons including floods.”
He predicted that India would continue to experience migration and the solution lies in “identifying the problem and holistically looking at it.”
The BJP-led Indian central and Assam state governments deem the influx of “illegal Bangladeshis” as a major issue in Assam.
Assam is currently working on a national register of citizens to find out those living illegally in the state.
He suggested that efforts be made to "amalgamate" the people living in the region and then try and "start identifying those creating trouble for us [India]."
He further said once development is ensured, India will be able to control those who are residing in the area.
Gen Rawat also said the Indian central government was “seriously taking several measures” to ensure development of the region and that “should take care of lot of things."
He added that India would have “more problem in segregating people” so “people who are creating trouble for India need to be identified.”