A Bangladeshi journalist, who is visiting Kolkata this week, was seen participating in anti‑NRC, anti-Modi rally in the West Bengal capital. Md. Noor Alam Sk, a journalist with Bangladeshi media house Unique News 24, was photographed holding a poster saying ‘Modi Go Back’ today, on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Kolkata.
Noor Alam had posted the photograph on his Facebook profile, with the caption ‘Kolkata, India: No NRC, Go Back Modi’. Later he deleted the post, but not before alert social media users had taken screenshot of the same.
Going by the Facebook posts of Noor, he had arrived at Kolkata on 10 January. Apart from attending a quiz competition among school children at Jodhpur garden on January 11, he has been visiting tourist places in Kolkata. Even before arriving in India, he had posted anti-CAA, anti-NRC messages on his social media account.
As per his Facebook profile, Noor Alam lives in Mongla, Bagerhat in Bangladesh.
This is not the first incident of visitors from Bangladesh participating in political activities in Kolkata. Ahead of Lok Sabha elections last year, one Bangladeshi actor named Ferdous Ahmed was seen campaigning for a candidate of Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress. Subsequently, he was asked to leave India by the union home ministry and his visa was cancelled. He was also blacklisted by MHA for campaigning in an election in India.
After Ferdous, another Bangladeshi actor Gazi Abdun Noor was found participating in a roadshow of a TMC leader. He too was asked to leave India immediately, after it was found that his visa had already expired.