Outsiders coming from India to be sent back: Momen

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet | Published: 00:56, Dec 26,2019


Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said that the people who already intruded into the country crossing border from India would be returned if they were not Bangladeshi citizens.

‘The people who have already entered the country from India through the borders would be sent back if they fail to prove themselves as Bangladeshis,’ he said. 

The minister came up with the comment while responding to reporters over the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act of India after inaugurating the city bus service in Sylhet, Nagar Express, at Nagar Bhaban in the afternoon.

He said that the Indian government ensured that it would not send anybody who is not Bangladeshi.

‘We also asked them to give us a list if any Bangladeshis are staying in their country illegally. Then we would bring them back through legal procedure,’ Momen also added. 

Addressing the bus service launching programme as chief guest, the minister said a new train would be launched soon on the Sylhet-Chattogram route.

New compartments with improved quality service would also be added to the existing express trains on the Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chattogram railway routes.

Momen stated that launching of the city bus service in Sylhet was a big achievement for the city corporation and hoped the visitors in the city also would have opportunity to enjoy the bus service.

He also thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her approval of a fund of Tk 1,228 crore in the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for development projects of Sylhet city.

The City Bus Owners’ Group convener Makhlisur Rahman Kamran, also a councillor of the Sylhet City Corporation, presided over the inaugural programme addressed.

Among others, city mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, city unit Awami League president Mashuk Uddin Ahmad, the party’s former district secretary Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, city general secretary Zakir Hossain, district general secretary Nasir Uddin Khan, SCC chief executive officer Bidhayak Roy, Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Abu Taher Md Shoeb and Nitol Tata Bangladesh product president Md Zafar Ullah were also present.

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