Lokjagran Manch voices concern over illegal Bangladeshis

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Panaji, Apr 30 (UNI) Assam-based non-governmental organisation Lokjagran Manch has expressed grave concern over infiltration from Bangladesh saying the number of Bangladeshis residing illegally in India had crossed three crore.

There has been an increase in the infiltration into Assam and West Bengal owing to a porous border and lack of security, Lokjagran Manch spokesman Shankar Das Kalida told reporters here today.

He said such massive infiltration is causing cultural, social, economic and political problems.

Mr Kalida said Bangladeshi infiltrators had spread and were now residing across the country. There are 79 lakh Bangladeshis residing illegally in West Bengal, 4.7 lakh in Bihar, 3.7 lakh in Delhi, and similar numbers in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chennai and Mumbai.

The infiltration, he said, has caused drastic demographic changes in Assam. Out of the 23 districts in Assam, Muslims have achieved absolute majority in six districts, he said.

The population in Bangladesh, he said, has reduced while number of voters in Indian border villages had risen 2.65 per cent in 2003-04.

The infiltrators have secured ration cards, land, and have managed to get themselves enlisted as voters, Mr Kalida said.

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