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Illegal Bangladeshis a matter of national concern, says court

The court observed that criminals of Bangladeshi origin took advantage of “porous borders” and crossed over regularly. They then went back with “loot and booty”.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published: November 7, 2014 1:37:59 am

A Delhi court, while awarding life sentence to a Bangladesh national in a murder case, expressed concerns over illegal immigration of Bangladeshis and termed it a matter of “national concern”.

The court sentenced to Mohd Khairul to life in prison and said Bangladeshi “influx” has become a major challenge requiring government intervention as they are not only enjoying all benefits at the cost of the citizens, but the country has become a haven for all “criminal elements”.

“While the genuine citizens of this country continue to suffer in abject poverty, what prevents a firm, resolute, intense government action against three crore Bangladeshis staying illegally in India,” Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

The court observed that criminals of Bangladeshi origin took advantage of “porous borders” and crossed over regularly. They then went back with “loot and booty”.

“It is the citizens of this country who have the first right to its resources…they come, plunder and go and this has become a regular affair having a definite crime pattern,” Judge Lau said.

“In a nation fragmenting under economic, religious, caste, ethnic divides, these criminals find it very easy to make a place for themselves by conveniently integrating with the local population…,” the court said while awarding the sentence.

Lau said, “This serious issue requires government intervention, political debate, honest deliberations and concerted action, before it becomes a little too late.”

Khairul was convicted of murdering one Abdul Sattar, 25, who was allegedly having an affair with his wife. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,02,000 on Khairul and said Rs 1 lakh be given to Abdul’s family as compensation.

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