997 Indian enclave dwellers to come home after 'historic' Indo-Bangla land swap deal

 A total of 997 people living in Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh`s territory will move to India as the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), struck recently between the two neighbours, is implemented.

Dhaka: A total of 997 people living in Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh`s territory will move to India as the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), struck recently between the two neighbours, is implemented.

However, no one from Bangladeshi enclaves inside India`s territory would go back to Bangladesh, reported The Daily Star.

The numbers were revealed by Habibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of border town of Lalmonirhat in Bangladesh, after a meeting between delegates representing the two nations at Changrabandha frontier of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal.

The meeting came after a joint survey was conducted from July 6 to July 16 to ascertain the enclave dwellers` choice of nationality. It focussed on tabulating the findings of the survey and finalising the nationality of enclave people.

Meanwhile, the two countries have imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of land in the enclaves till July 31 midnight, when the formal handover process would begin.

A total of 37,369 people live in the 111 Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh while 14,215 people live in the 51 Bangladeshi enclaves inside Indian territory.