Assam under threat of population explosion as Bangladeshi migrants keep mum on deportation!

Assam under threat of population explosion as Bangladeshi migrants keep mum on deportation!

Assam government in a fix as detected Bangladeshi migrants keep silent on addresses in home country

Detected illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam have adopted a newer tactic to thwart deportation from India – by not revealing their addresses in Bangladesh. They keep silent on this query, taking advantage of the lack of strong-arm tactics in the border wing of Assam Police.

Earlier, detected Bangladeshis performed a vanishing act as soon as they were declared foreigners. At that time, they took full advantage of the lack of any provision of detention of foreigners in the law prevalent at that time. They were largely successful in giving the slip to Assam border police such disappearances.

Since March 2013, the Bangladesh government has been accepting their citizens detected staying illegally in India, but only after proper verification of their addresses. Before March 2013, detected Bangladeshis were 'pushed back' to Bangladesh as the neighbouring country refused to accept them. The process being followed now is — the Assam government has to send the addresses of detected foreigners to the Centre, which in turn, sends the addresses to the Bangladesh government for verification. The neighbouring country accepts detected Bangladeshis only if they are found genuine after verification of their addresses.

There are around 500 foreigners, mostly Bangladeshis, in various detention camps in Assam. However, 120 of them are not ready to disclose their addresses in Bangladesh. The Assam government is in a fix, as it cannot send addresses of the detected Bangladeshis to the Centre for their deportation to Bangladesh. The refusal on the part of the detected Bangladeshis to reveal their addresses in Bangladesh has prevented the government from deporting them.

The Assam government has now asked its border police to apply 'pressure' on the detected Bangladeshis to reveal their respective addresses.

Source: The Sentinel

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