Detention Centres in Assam and Mumbai after NRC list

Detention Centre being built in Assam Photo Credit: national herald
Detention Centre being built in Assam Photo Credit: national herald

New Delhi, Sep 9 : The Modi government has asked all states to set up detention centres to detain illegal immigrants awaiting deportation or repatriation. Union home affairs minister has again reiterated that his government “will not allow a single illegal immigrant to stay” amid outcry over a citizenship register in Assam that could leave almost 2 million people stateless.

During a visit to the border state,Amit Shah said he was satisfied with the “timely completion of the process”.

The detention centres will house foreign convicts and people declared “foreigners” by tribunals in the wake of final NRC list in Assam declared 19 lakh people as foreigners. Maharashtra Home Ministry has written to the Navi Mumbai planning authority asking for land to build a detention centre for illegal immigrants.This is being done as per the 2019 election manifesto of BJP to implement NRC across India.

But there are reports that the biggest detention centre is being built in Assam’s Goalpara district. The detention centre in Matia, a Muslim majority district in Goalpara district is designed to detain 3000 people.

There are watch towers at the four corners, a police outpost at the entrance and high boundary walls with sharp shards of glass embedded on top

The ministry is denying sending any such letter but there are reports that centre has already issued guidelines to states. BJP’s ally in Maharashtra- Shiv Sena has been complaining about the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living and working in Mumbai.

“NRC was needed in Assam to solve the problems of the original inhabitants of the region. That is why we supported the NRC move… want a similar exercise to be held in Mumbai to drive out the Bangladeshis living here,” Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told news agency ANI last week.

BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari has also demanded that a similar exercise of National Register of Citizens for Delhi should be done to identify illegal immigrants, calling the situation in the national capital “dangerous”.

“The situation in Delhi is becoming so dangerous that it is necessary to have NRC. Illegal immigrants who have settled here are the most dangerous… we will implement NRC when the time comes,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Tiwari said that NRC should be implemented in Delhi if people do not want to live under the fear of attack from illegal Rohingya immigrants.

Slamming Tiwari for his statement, the Congress’s women’s wing, All India Mahila Congress, tweeted: “Manoj Tiwari ji, Born in Kaimur, Bihar, Studied in Varanasi, UP, Worked in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Contested in Gorakhpur, UP, Contested again in Delhi is talking about throwing immigrants away from Delhi. Irony wants a change of name!”

Those excluded from the Assam NRC list have 120 days to appeal at foreigners tribunals, and if they fail, they can appeal against that decision through the courts.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is also demanding NRC to be implemented in West Bengal. A partner in the ruling alliance in Tripura, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has also raised the demand.

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