A planned march across India to Pakistan by fifty thousand non-Bengali Moslems stranded in Bangladesh was abandoned on Tuesday (14 August), apparently because their leaders have been arrested and border patrols strengthened.
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Background: A planned march across India to Pakistan by fifty thousand non-Bengali Moslems stranded in Bangladesh was abandoned on Tuesday (14 August), apparently because their leaders have been arrested and border patrols strengthened. The non-Bengalis, who have been living in camps awaiting repatriation since Bangladesh split from Pakistan in 1971, had planned the one thousands five hundred mile (2,400 kilometre) trek across India to draw attention to their plight. They consider Pakistan their homeland.
SYNOPSIS: All was quiet at the Indian bangladesh border on Tuesday (14 August). The arrest of the non-Bengali Moslems leader by Bangladesh authorities and the increased patrols by Indian paramilitary police seemed to have thwarted the Moslem's plans. Loudspeakers had been set up to warn the marchers of the consequences they would meet if they crossed.
Indian border security officials told reporters no marchers had crossed the border, but the increased guard would be kept up for a number of days. There were reports that the marchers had gathered at the border town of Saidpur, but later began returning to their camps. The border guards were under instruction to prevent any attempted crossing.
Bangladesh assured India of its full co-operation in preventing what was called a "hazardous and unwelcome march". But the non-Bengali Moslems are apparently planning to attempt a border crossing once again on August the twenty-fifth.