The Central agencies on vigil along the 1,150-km border with Bangladesh in southern West Bengal are planning a ‘‘demographic mapping of the (five) districts (concerned) to investigate the profiles of Bangladeshi settlers’’.
Writers’ Buildings is now more vocal than ever on the ‘‘new menace’’ of infiltration by fundamentalist-cum-terrorists from Bangladesh. The agencies’ move coincides with the state’s hardening of stand on infiltration. It’s not known, however, if the state would finally agree to the likely proposal.
Besides the mapping, the central agencies may propose an investigation into Bangla-deshis overstaying their visas at nine districts and in Kolkata.
The agencies, including the BSF, sat up after the recent spurt in population in South Dinajpur, Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas districts that did not match the state’s population growth rate.
A Census report suggests the average growth rate in these districts is a little over 4.27 per cent, unlike the rest of the state. For example, in South Dinajpur and Malda the figures are 22 per cent and 25 per cent compared with the state’s 18 per cent.