March along Bengal-Bangla border to enhance relations

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Barrackpore, Jan 10: Bangladesh-Bharat-Pakistan Peoples' Forum has decided to organise a Border-to-Border March along the state's international border with Bangladesh to enhance cordial relations among the people before meeting in a general conference at Mekhligunj in Cooch Behar district.

The March will be flagged off from Basirhat, a border town in North 24 Parganas on February one. It will move through different villages and towns along the nearly 500 km international border with Bangladesh. The March will end on February 12.

The Forum, led by the Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas, had entrusted the party's frontal units--All India Agragami Kishan Sabha and its West Bengal unit Paschimbanga Krishi Shramik Union--to organise the march.

It will pass Nadia district on February 3, Murshidabad on February 4, Maldah on the 5th, South Dinajpur on the 6th, North Dinajpur on the 7th, Siliguri on the 8th, Jalpaiguri on the 9th and Cooch Behar on 10 and 11 February before ending the next day at Mekhligunj,Haripada Biswas, secretary of the Forum's West Bengal chapter said here today.

Mr Biswas said the general conference of the Forum would be attended by representatives of three countries. Forum leaders will address an open rally at Mekhligunj ventilating its demands to ease availability of passports and visas of citizens of these three countries and relaxing certain restrictions for their visits within the territorial jurisdictions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Besides, the Forum will ask India to refrain from ''harassing'' domiciled people, specially Bengali-speaking population in the capital or elsewhere, as intruders without proper verifications, Mr Biswas pointed out.

UNI

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