India-Bangladesh: Cattle smuggling issue
Part of: GS Mains II – India and its neighbourhood relations; Bilateral ties
- Three Bangladeshi nationals alleged to be cattle smugglers were lynched by locals in Assam. Four others from across the border escaped.
- This was the second such incident in the same district of Assam in less than two months.
Unresolved issues and irritants that remain:
- Water sharing: Teesta River Agreement, Farakka barriage, Bangladesh objection to the construction of Tipaimukh dam on Barak river in Manipur.
- Migrant’s issue: NRC exercise and perception that illegal migrants will be deported to Bangladesh.
- Illegal activities along border: Cattle smuggling, trafficking, drugs dealing and fake currency.
- India’s handling of Rohingya issue.
- China factor: growing security and military relations, increasing investment of china in infrastructural projects in Bangladesh is cause of concern for India. Ex: Chittagong port.
- Delivery deficit associated with Indian projects in Bangladesh.
- India shares longest border of length 4,096 km with Bangladesh.
- Bangladesh shares land borders with India to the west, north and the east and Myanmar to the east, whereas the Bay of Bengal lies to its south.
- Indian states Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and West Bengal share the India-Bangladesh border.