GUWAHATI: While the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated to effect detection and deportation of Bangladeshis in large-scale, the irony remains that the government machinery has even failed to deport over 180 Bangladeshi nationals, despite them never contesting their nationality and agreeing to be deported at the earliest. Official sources told The Assam Tribune that these 180-plus individuals, who were convicted for entering India without valid passport and documents, admitted to have entered the country illegally and are rather stressing on their deportation, which the Indian government has not been able to facilitate.
If sources are to be believed, the Bangladesh government too has confirmed their nationality through the Ministry of External Affairs.

“We do not know where exactly the glitch lies. All the relevant papers related to their address and nationality have already been corroborated by our counterpart in the neighbouring country,” a senior State government official said, adding that they are currently lodged in detention camps.

“How the existing machinery is planning to deport scores of illegal migrants after the completion of the NRC, if so much time is consumed to deport these 180-plus foreigners, who themselves have testified being Bangladeshi nationals,” sources rued.

Sources further informed that the State home department has been taking up the issue on a regular basis with the Ministry of Home Affairs to expedite the process, but nothing substantial could be achieved so far.

“It is the Union Home Ministry that takes the matter forward with the Ministry of External Affairs. As far as our knowledge, the Bangladeshi nationality of all these 180 individuals has been proven beyond doubt from the perspective of both the countries,” sources pointed out.

Official records suggest that only 33 Bangladeshi nationals were deported from Assam between April 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017.

As on March 31, 2018, there are 918 detenues (declared foreigners) lodged with the six detention camps of the State, of which 258 are female.

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