Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/BANGLADESH: ENCLAVE-TRAFFICKING.
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 07 2000 - 09:48:45 EST
10-17-00 BANGLADESH: ENCLAVE-TRAFFICKING.
Kurigram, Oct 17 (UNB) - For innocent people an enclave is a toughest place
to live in. But for human traffickers 71 Indian enclaves in Kurigram and
Lamonirhat districts have become potential territories to make money by
human trafficking from Bangladesh.
According to enclave residents, human traffickers lure a large number of
women and children into their trap from various parts of Bangladesh and
smuggle them out to India and Middle East countries through the enclaves
They alleged that the human smugglers pick up poor women and children from
the mainland of Bangladesh, take them to the Indian enclaves and collect
Indian nationality certificates against their names from chairmen of the
enclaves and then hand them over to their accomplices in the Indian
According to information trickling in from across the border, some 300
Bangladesh nationals out of 1000 trafficked during the last year have been
languishing in different Indian jails, including 50 in Dinhata
Sub-divisional jail in Kuchbihar.
Those who escaped police arrest have been coerced into various odd jobs,
including prostitution, in various parts of India.
Of the 71 enclaves, 12 are located in Kurigram while 59 Lalmonirhat. As
enclaves are detached from the Indian mainland and encircled by Bangladesh
territories, Indian officials and law-enforcers hardly enter into their
The enclaves are virtually controlled by terrorists and muggers in absence
of Indian administration. Residents of each and every enclave usually elect
a chairman for five years and they have to cast votes in favour of the
influential and corrupt people.
There have been reports that these corrupt chairmen provide Indian
nationality certificates for the smuggled Bangladeshi people at Tk 500-1000
each. The enclave people hardly dare raise their voice against the chairmen
and smugglers for fear of reprisal.
More interesting is that there are some female human traffickers who are
locally known as 'Jhumkawali'. Their role in taking the Bangladeshi people
to the Indian mainland is vital as they have link with BSF.
Locals told the UNB correspondent that a large number of people were
trafficked out of Bangladesh to India with certificates from the chairman
of Dashiara Enclave in Fulbari upazila of Kurigram district. Twelve of them
are now languishing in an Indian jail.
They were identified as Rahima, 35, Rafiqul 27, Chhole, 40, Muminul, 33,
Fazlul Haq, 28, Saidur Rahman, 20, Jothsna Begum, 28, Saidul, 15, Abdur
Rahim, 35, Rabeya, 18, Ashraful, 25, and Rezaul, 20, of Fulbari upazila of
Some of the relatives of the victims reportedly met with them in Dinhata
Jail with the help of BSF. They urged the government for taking steps to
take them back home.
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UNITED NEWS OF BANGLADESH 17/10/2000
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