Amid protests, enclave residents celebrate R-Day
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On January 26, residents of 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India celebrated the Republic Day for the first time by hoisting the Indian Tricolour and taking out processions. However, the celebratory mood was marred by protests against the government by those in the 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, who hoisted black flags.
General secretary of India-Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee Diptiman Sengupta said, "The enclave people observed Republic Day in 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India. At a time when residents of Bangladeshi enclaves in India want to be part of this country, people living in the 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh hoisted black flags and protested against government apathy. They are devoid of all facilities, and the Bangladesh government doesn't help them in any way."
Flags were hoisted by the oldest among the residents of these enclaves. The coordination committee organised a volleyball tournament to mark the occasion. "There were 16 teams — five from the enclaves, 10 clubs from Indian mainland and a BSF team — that participated in the tournament," added Sengupta.
Regarding the protests that will begin next month, he said, "We wanted the enclave exchange Bill to be tabled in Parliament in the winter session. But that didn't happened. We will start our indefinite agitation soon."
The agitation will try to push for the implementation of the enclave exchange agreement that was signed by India and Bangladesh in 2011.
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