'Will take back illegal migrants if India gives proof'

'Will take back illegal migrants if India gives proof'

The Bangladesh government will take back any Bangladeshi citizen staying illegally in India if provided with evidence, said Gauhazr Rizvi, an advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday.

“Any Bangladeshi citizen staying illegally in India will be taken back by us. But India has to provide supporting evidence,” said Rizvi, an advisor to the Bangladesh Prime Minister on international affairs. He was speaking to reporters in Kolkata.

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Describing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as an “ internal matter” of India, Rizvi said that Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus live together peacefully in Bagladesh.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act is an internal matter of India. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus live side by side peacefully in Bangladesh,” said Rizvi.

As for NRC, Rizvi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured there is no reason for Bangladesh to be worried about it. He also said that bilateral ties with India has been strong for the last 50 years and will continue to be so in future. 

"The relationship between Bangladesh and India is going strong for the last 50 years and it will continue to be so," said Rizvi

His comments come at a time when protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are raging across the country. West Bengal has also witnessed violent protests against the Act where empty trains and rail stations were set ablaze and road blockades were staged across the state.

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