The repatriation of non-Bengalis seeking to leave Bangladesh began on Tuesday (14 March) in a non-Bengali part of Dacca.
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Background: The repatriation of non-Bengalis seeking to leave Bangladesh began on Tuesday (14 March) in a non-Bengali part of Dacca.
The registration is being organised by the International Red Cross, which hopes to repatriate some of the non-Bengalis to Pakistan.
Most of those registering are Biharis, but a proportion are Punjabis.
Tension between the Bengali and non-Bengali sectors of the population is one of the major problems facing the government of Bangladesh.
During the period of martial law under the Pakistan Army before the December was there were widespread allegations that Pakistan troops were guilty of atrocities against Bengali citizens. And it was alleged that many non-Bengalis sided with the Pakistan Army in the weeks before the Pakistan surrender.
(Earlier this week the International Red Cross said at least 240 people had been admitted to hospital after weekend clashes between Bengalis and Biharis at the Bangladesh port of Khulna.
The Red Cross refuses to either confirms or deny that 800 people were killed in the clashes).
SYNOPSIS: Bangladesh - and on Tuesday a crowd of non-Bengali residents gathered at a building in Dacca seeking repatriation to Pakistan. The registration of those wanting to leave Bangladesh is being carried out by the International Red Cross. Most of those who scanned the notices outside the building were Biharis. They've been living in a state of fear since the birth of the Bangladesh nation after the December war. It was alleged that many Biharis sided with the Pakistan Army - and the revelation of alleged atrocities carried out by the Pakistanis has raised tension between the Biharis and the Bengalis.
Many of those seeking repatriation live in m???shift accommodation. They believe they must leave Bangladesh for their own safety.