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2 to 6 crore Bangladeshi migrants in India, says former BSF chief

New Delhi: There are 2-6 crore Bangladeshi migrants living in India - the largest illegal migration from one country to another, a former senior officer of India's border guards said on Tuesday.

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An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier (L) and a pair of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troopers (C/R) conduct a joint pillar inspection on the zero line which constitutes the border between the two countries at Kamalasargar, some 40 km southwest of Agartala, 25 February 2007. Pic: AFP

"Nobody can verify the trend of Bangladeshi migrants in India but our estimation is no less than 2 to 6 crore of them in India," former Border Security Force (BSF) additional director general P.K. Mishra said at the launch of his book "Bangladeshi Migrants - A threat to India."

"Many of them have settled between Purnia and Islampur (Bihar), which are very close to the Nepal border. In Pari Pura in Srinagar, there is a Bangladeshi migrant village," he said.

Mishra claimed that 25 percent of the items disbursed under the Public Distribution Scheme goes to the Bangladeshi migrants. "What we can give to our children are snatched by them," he charged.

"There has been 20 years of land acquisition in (Assam's) Guwahati and Kokrajhar. Government land has been sold to migrants by the state's revenue department," said Mishra, alleging that the Congress government in the northeastern state has closed its eyes to all this due to vote bank politics.

"The Bangladeshi chunk in India is the largest illegal migration from any one country to another," said former BSF chief Prakash Singh.

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