Over 30,000 Bangladeshis,detected and confirmed as infiltrators after they illegally penetrated into Assam since 1985,have now gone missing. The startling revelation comes at a time when Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said that Bangladeshis had no business to be in India whether with permission or without. Chidambaram made the remark in an interview with a television channel on Sunday.
Altogether 19,304 persons have been absconding after they were identified as infiltrators by the Foreigners Act between 1986 and October 2008. While the number of such infiltrators who have absconded after being identified as foreigners under the Illegal Migrants (Detection by Tribunals) Act between 1985 and 2005 stood at 11,299,the Assam Accord implementation minister Bhumidhar Barman stated in a reply submitted in the state Assembly.
The disclosure brings to light the lack of sincerity on part of the state Government to put an end to the long-pending issue of influx of migrants from the neighbouring country.
Giving a district-wise break-up,Barman said the number of such persons who have absconded after being identified as foreigners was the highest in Nagaon district. Altogether 9,741 persons have absconded after they were identified as illegal migrants in the district since 1985. Of them,6,394 were identified under the Foreigners Act while 3,347 were identified under the IMDT Act,which was scrapped by the Supreme Court in 2005.
The insincerity of the Congress Government,headed by Tarun Gogoi in deporting or expelling the Bangladeshi infiltrators identified under the Foreigners Act and the IMDT Act,became apparent with the figures tabled by the minister in the short winter session of the state assembly that concluded on Monday.
As per the officials figures tabled in the state Assembly,61 migrants were deported of the total 7,622 illegal migrants detected between 2001 and October 2008,under the provisions of Foreigners Tribunal Act. Similarly,54 deportations took place out of the 2,643 illegal migrants detected between 2001 and July,2005 under the Illegal Migrants (Detection by Tribunals) Act.