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People in Cooch Behar celebrate as India, Bangladesh exchange enclaves

People in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal celebrated after India and Bangladesh exchanged enclaves last night.



Cooch Behar: People in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal celebrated after India and Bangladesh exchanged enclaves last night.

162 enclaves of India and Bangladesh were integrated with the main land with the execution of Land Border Agreement between the two countries at midnight on Friday.

51 Bangladeshi enclaves situated in Cooch Behar amalgamated with India, while 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladeshi territory integrated with the country.

National flags were hoisted in all the enclaves in both sides of the border and residents of these enclaves will get citizenship according to their choice.

The enclaves are home to over 50,000 people. These people have been treated as in effect stateless for six decades but the agreement between the two countries would finally get them proper identity. 

From Zee News

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