Rajnath Singh stresses on securing Indo-Bangla border from illegal migrants to curb radical activities

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Rajnath Singh stresses on securing Indo-Bangla border from illegal migrants to curb radical activities

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressed on the urgency of securing the Indo-Bangla border from illegal migrants to curb extremist and radical activities.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressed on the urgency of securing the Indo-Bangla border from illegal migrants to curb extremist and radical activities.

After a prolonged two-hour meeting convened at West Bengal secretariat, Nabanna, to discuss the problems and issues faced by five other states sharing the border of the country with Bangladesh, Singh made it clear that illegal immigrants were not welcome and have to be dealt with firmly. His attitude towards the Rohingya refugees was also firm.

The state unit of BJP for quite some time had been complaining against the Trinamool Congress government going soft on infiltrators for vote bank.

The RSS had also been alleging that West Bengal borders are being used by radical forces for creating law and order problem and threatening the national security. Both the BJP and RSS had held Banerjee's appeasement politics responsible for giving a safe corridor and shelter to the jehadi elements.

Reflecting on these complaints, Singh had asked the government to be vigilant and alert of illegal immigrants for the sake of national security.

"Out of 4096-km, 1090-km are unfenced," Rajnath said emphasising the need for creation of physical or non-physical barriers.

Problems of cattle smuggling, fake currency notes, drugs and arms are going on because large areas of border are unfenced.

He had asked the chief minister to expedite the process of land acquisition at the earliest so that construction of boundary wall can begin.

Banerjee had been going slow on land acquisition, since it is a sensitive issue in Bengal and she herself had spearheaded an anti-land acquisition movement in the past. Fearing a backlash in the event of village council elections, she had been ignoring it for so long.

After the meeting, Banerjee invited Rajnath Singh for a cup of tea at her chamber on the 14th floor.

As a perfect hostess, she presented uttariyas and dokra work to Singh, junior minister of home, Kiren Rijiju and chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram.