445 Bangladeshis returned from India in the last 2 months: BGB chief

DHAKA Bangladesh 's paramilitary force chief said on Thursday that a total of 445 Bangladesh i nationals returned from India in last two months following the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the Indian government.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam disclosed the figure during a press briefing here.

About 1,000 people were arrested in 2019 for illegal border crossings from India to Bangladesh, with 445 of them returning home in November and December, Islam was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com.

After verifying their identities through local representatives, BGB came to know that all the intruders are Bangladesh is, he added.

Last week, Islam visited India, where he said that the creation of the NRC is completely an internal affair of India and that cooperation between the border surveillance forces of the two countries is very good.

He said the BGB will continue to do its job to prevent illegal border crossings according to its mandate.

A BGB delegation, led by Islam, was on a bilateral visit to India to hold border talks at DG level with its counterparts, the (BSF).

The talks took place from December 26 to 29, during which a series of issues related to cross-border smuggling and the activities of criminals and others along the 4,096-kilometer long front were discussed.

Responding to a question, Islam said: There was no discussion at the conference on the subject (NRC).