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Bangla influx talks

New Delhi, Jan. 25: India will press for a high-level meeting on the “large-scale illegal migration” of Bangladeshis, official sources said today.

Home minister Sushil Shinde could flag the issue during his four-day visit to Dhaka from Monday. He is likely to put forward the proposal to his counterpart M.H Alamgir. The two are slated to sign extradition and travel treaties.

“India has stressed the need for a high-level meeting on the illegal migration of Bangladeshis to devise a mechanism to prevent it. But they (Bangla leaders) aren’t ready to recognise the problem,” said a home ministry official.

If Dhaka agrees, the meeting could be at the level of home secretaries, the chiefs of the BSF and Border Guard Bangladesh or joint secretaries, the sources said.

The problem is a touchy issue, particularly in Assam where riots last year in Bodo-dominated areas were blamed on such influx and the intruders’ land encroachments.