NEW DELHI, Dec 2 – The Centre has in a significant revelation divulged that a Kolkata-based racket is involved in clandestinely managing forged passports and other Indian documents for Bangladeshi migrants.
The apprehensions and seized documents reveal that Bangladeshi nationals do manage to source Indian citizenship documents. The intelligence inputs indicate that there is a Kolkata-based racket that manages to arrange such forged passports and other Indian credentials, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
Admitting that illegal Bangladeshi migrants have been caught with Indian citizenship documents, Rijiju said that this year itself 11 people were apprehended with such documents.
“It is not feasible to apprehend the border-crossers in the foreign soil. However, some Bangladeshi nationals have been apprehended by the BSF recently while crossing the border with Indian citizenship documents,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, passing the buck on to the State Government to detect and deport illegal migrants, the Centre has said that perception prevails in the Northeast that illegal migration has changed the demographic and socioeconomic conditions in certain areas.
“The people of the north-eastern States perceive that due to illegal immigrants, demography and socioeconomic condition have changed in certain areas of the States,” Rijiju said in a Lok Sabha reply.
The minister, however, stated that powers of identification and deportation of illegally staying foreign nationals, including the Bangladeshi nationals, have been delegated to the State Government under the Foreigners Act.
The Government has set up 36 Foreigners Tribunals in Assam for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants. Besides, the Government of India has sanctioned an additional 64 numbers of Foreigners Tribunals to be set up in Assam.
Rijiju further added that the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh to India has been discussed at several bilateral meetings between the two countries.
Meanwhile, in a separate reply, Rijiju denied any illegal occupation of territory by the foreign countries along the Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bhutan borders. However, in case of Indo-Bangladesh border there have been pockets along the border that have traditionally been under the possession of people of one country in the territory of another country, he said.