GUWAHATI, April 17 - Of the 27,252 infiltrators pushed back or deported till date (1985) from Assam, 1,432 of them had managed to re-enter (re-infiltration) the Indian territory.
An in-house extensive report on Assam-Bangla border stated this fact related to re-infiltration which in a way has exposed the hollow nature of the border security. However, the report did not throw light on the recent trend on the porous Indo-Bangla border with the State.
�Now that the push back method is out of the way, the deportation process through diplomatic route takes time. The issue of re-infiltrators is, therefore, seen as a serious issue,� sources pointed out.
There are sections who believe that the number of such repeated offenders would be more than what is quoted officially.
Sources informed that since 1985, as many as 618,582 enquiries to determine nationality issues were initiated (till October 2015), of which 611,491 enquiries have already been completed.
�The number of cases referred to tribunals during the period was 121,306,� sources quoting a detailed report that would soon be shared with the Ministry of Home Ministry told this reporter.
�Once any suspected national is apprehended, his or her name and other antecedents are cross-checked and it is through this process that we have found that 1,432 of them had re-entered the Indian territory through the porous border,� sources said.
Asked to elaborate, sources said, �Re-entry of such infiltrators was more when the push-back policy was there. But it has not stopped as yet. There are still unfenced border portions as we all know.�