Panel to move court over enclave swap

THE Indo-Bangla enclave exchange coordination committee will move court over non-implementation of the enclave exchange protocol signed between India and Bangladesh.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Published: May 10, 2013 4:19:10 am

THE Indo-Bangla enclave exchange coordination committee will move court over non-implementation of the enclave exchange protocol signed between India and Bangladesh.

The protocol was signed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in September 2011.

Tension started simmering in the enclaves after the recent incident of scuffle in the Rajya Sabha over the land boundary bill providing for transfer of certain territories — small strips of lanmd — of Assam to Bangladesh.

“We will file two cases. A PIL will be filed in the high court against the state election commission,which started its work for the panchayat election without checking if the voters’ list for the residents of Indian enclaves has been prepared. The government of India has,however,accepted in its reply to a question in Parliament that there are 37,343 Indians living in Indian enclaves. So if they are Indians,then they must have voting rights. We are moving the court on this issue,” said Diptiman Senupta,secretary,enclave exchange coordination committee.

The committee will also move the apex court demanding constitutional rights for enclave dwellers. “We have three-fold demands. We want the government to give an interim status to the stateless people living in the enclaves till the agreement is not implemented.”

“We also want a standing committee to be formed. The committee should at least come here once and see the situation. Our third demand is to settle the enclave issue and implement the enclave agreement” added Sengupta.

Arunava Ghosh,an advocate of the High Court,said,“The enclave coordination committee has made a valid point. The central government has accepted that the “Chhit Mahal” in Bangladesh belongs to India. The population living in Indian enclave has also been accepted as Indian citizens. So they must have the right to vote.”

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