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Detention Centres in Assam and Mumbai after NRC list

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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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Sonia Gandhi to visit Shivakumar in Tihar on Wednesday

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DK Shivakumar

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit D.K. Shivakumar, party leader and former Minister, in Tihar Jail on Wednesday.

She is likely to be accompanied by K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka.

Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case on September 3. His bail plea is pending with the court and the ED probe is underway.

A Congress strongman in Karnataka, Shivakumar was instrumental in smooth running of the JD-S and Congress coalition government.

Last month, Gandhi along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in jail. Chidambaram was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the INX media case.

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NCRB data delayed due to revision, error removal: MHA

For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Removal of errors in comprehensive revision of new data collection on additional parameters and crime heads was cited as a reason by the Union Home Ministry for the delay in releasing National Crime Records Bureau’s latest annual data — ‘Crime in India-2017’.

A day after the release of the much-awaited data, which was to be released last year, the Home Ministry issued a clarification, claiming “comprehensive revision was done in crime in India pro forma”.

“New data collection and compilation software was prepared. Training of officials from states and UTs on the revised pro forma and data collection or compilation software was done. States and UTs were required to provide information on additional parameters/crime heads.

“Following persistent follow-ups since August 2018, the final data (after removal of errors/inconsistencies) was received only in July 2019. Therefore the delay in the publication of the report,” said a Home Ministry statement.

As incidents of lynching were missing from the list of parameters and and crime heads, the Ministry clarified: “It was observed that data received for certain newly created additional parameters/crime heads was unreliable and its definitions were also prone to misinterpretation. Accordingly, data related to certain parameters/crime heads has not been published.”

The Ministry issued a list of 13 parameters or crime heads which consisted of vague or unreliable data.

On the list, the Ministry mentioned a parameter named ‘Crime against various category of persons’ which has different subsections such as crimes against journalists/media persons, RTI activists, whistle-blowers/informers, social workers or activists, witnesses and crimes against persons belonging to the north-east region.

Second on the list was ‘Crime by Various Category of Persons’ which also has several sub-headings such as crimes committed by religious preachers, by khap panchayats, theft by housemaids or servants, crimes committed by private security guards or private body guards, crimes committed by proclaimed offenders, by those on bail or parole or furlough, by illegal migrants and crimes committed by students.

The remaining crime heads include ‘crimes committed by organized groups such as contract killers, hawala operators and liquor trafficker; honour killings under crime against women; rape during communal or sectarian violence; motives of murder such as hate crime, fake/false news/rumours; methods of murder such as lynching, merciless beatings, crushing by vehicle; crime committed with fire arms; SC/ST category in human trafficking (included on MHA’s instructions); animal related Acts: Cow Slaughter Acts (state/Central Acts), The Cattle Trespass Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (state and Centre); prevention of Witchcraft or Witch Practices Act (state/Central Acts); human rights violation by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Defence Personnel; and snatching’.

Mentioning that the annual data for ‘Crime in India’ is furnished by the 36 states and UTs and 53 metropolitan cities, which have a population of 1 million (10 lakh or more as per population census 2011) by respective State Crime Records Bureaus (SCRBs) or Crime Investigation Departments (CIDs), the Ministry said the “NCRB has only compiled and collated the data and presented it in the form of this report”.

“The NCRB is not responsible for the authenticity of the information, as data is being furnished by states/UTs/Central law enforcement agencies /CAPFs/CPOs.”

Certain states such as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have provided the citizen-friendly service of Online Registration of FIR under certain category of offences such as ‘Vehicle Theft’ and ‘Other Thefts’, the Ministry said. “As this may have increased the crime reporting under such heads in these states, they become statistically non-comparable with other states not having such online registration facility,” the Ministry said.

“Improvements have been undertaken to make the report more comprehensive, informative and useful for the parliamentarians, policy makers, states/UTs, researchers, academicians and other stakeholders. Data is now being collected in greater detail for several categories of crimes. For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

The Ministry said that efforts have been made to include sub-section-wise information under section 376 IPC (rape) and that information on major crime heads such as kidnapping and abduction, causing death by negligence, hurt and grievous hurt, sexual harassment have been further “segregated” as per their respective sub-heads.

“Data has also been published under certain new acts such as Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Chit Fund Act.”

To capture the criminal justice system holistically, the Ministry said efforts have also been made to collect data on time taken for investigation (Indian Penal Code or Special and Local Law (SLL) cases), age profiling of cases under investigation(IPC and SLL cases), the time taken for trials (IPC crimes) and also for service of summons and warrants.

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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Heavy rains disrupt normal life in Karnataka, more likely

In north interior areas, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are predicted from October 23-26.

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Bengaluru, Oct 22 : Heavy to very heavy rains across Karnataka disrupted normal life, caused rivers to overflow, inundated low-laying areas and hit vehicular traffic, a weather official said on Tuesday.

“Due to low pressure in the Arabia Sea on the west and depression in the Bay of Bengal in the east have created conditions for heavy to very heavy rains and thundershowers across the state with strong surface winds,” a Meteorological Department official told IANS here.

Besides flood alert in the coastal areas and evacuation of people from low-laying areas and river banks in northern districts, the authorities declared holidays for schools and colleges in rain-soaked Belagavi, Bagalkote and Vijayapura districts till Friday ahead of the Diwali festival.

“With heavy to very heavy rains forecast over the next four days, we have issued an orange alert and red alert for extremely heavy rainfall across the state as a precautionary measure to ensure safety of the people, cattle and houses,” said the official.

Orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall and red alert extremely heavy rainfall. Rainfall from 7-12 cm is considered heavy and 12-20 cm as very heavy. Torrential downpour above 20cm is termed as extreme rainfall.

“Orange alert mandates the state machinery to be ready for rain-related exigency while red alert demands action. Yellow alert makes the authorities keep a watch and stay vigilant,” added the official.

Regionwise, the forecast is heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas till October 25, with scattered and isolated rains on October 23-24.

In north interior areas, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are predicted from October 23-26.

In south interior areas, widespread rains have been forecast on October 23-24.

Rains and thundershowers continued to lash several districts across the southern state, including Kolar, Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Kodagu, Chikkamgaluru, Hubli-Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Raichur, Yadgir and Uttara Kannada.

According to Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority Director G.S. Srinivasa Reddy, streams and rivers are in spate due to heavy rains across the state, especially in catchment areas.

“Areas which used to get less rains are getting more rains this time. Heavy rainfall in the neighbouring Maharashtra has led to heavy inflows into our state’s northern districts, resulting in submergence of Kudthini and Athini road bridges in Belagavi district” Reddy told IANS.

Relief camps have been set up at Belagavi, Bagalkot, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu, Haveri, Chitradurga, Gadag, Dharwad to shelter 2,180 people shifted from low-laying and flood-hit areas.

Preliminary property damage report 5,444 houses affected and 45 animal deaths. A dozen camps were set up to shelter 130 cattle.

“Three National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have been pressed into service, with two at Belagavi and one at Gadag. Three more teams to be stationed at Dharwad, Bagalkote and Haveri,” added Reddy.

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