When the direct bus service starts rolling this month between Dhaka and Calcutta, many will be lined up to cheer at the border. Spot a glum face in the crowd? Chances are that it belongs to a law-enforcement official. From either side of the border.
Concern runs high in Calcutta, which has emerged as the new sanctuary for un-orthodox political elements from Bangladesh. In just the last few weeks, a Bangladeshi political theorist who wants to redraw the subcontinental map has met with extreme left leaders; a leading light of the Bangladeshi Nationalist Party (BNP) has held a secret meeting with an expat Chakma leader; and the suspected killer of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is said to have holed up in West Bengal along with the murderers of a Bangladeshi socialist leader.