The telecom regulator of Bangladesh has ordered the operators to shut down telecom services along the border with the neighboring country India citing security reasons.
The mobile network services have been suspended for a one-kilometer area along the entire border with India until further notice “for the sake of the country’s security in the current circumstances,” the authorities said in a statement.
An official of the government of Bangladesh said that the decision was taken out of concern that Indian Muslims might seek to enter Bangladesh after the Modi-led Indian government introduced the new citizenship law which has triggered the violent protests across the country.
Back on 11 December, the parliament of India had passed a controversial bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims migrants from some countries.
According to the details of the bill, the government of India will grant citizenship to the millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from the neighboring countries including, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh before 2015—but only if they are not Muslims.
Several Muslim citizens in India say they have been made to feel like second-class citizens since Narendra Modi stormed to power in 2014.