GUWAHATI, Nov 17 - Five convicted Bangladeshi nationals who are currently in detention camps in the State would be deported to their country on November 19.
However, unlike the usual practice, the Bangladeshi nationals, this time, would not be deported through the land route. Instead they will be flown to Dhaka from Guwahati via Kolkata.
On being asked as to why the decision to make them fly back was taken in lieu of the usual land route, official sources claimed that the family members have requested for it through the diplomatic channels.
However officials privy to the ongoing process, claimed that the decision to fly them was taken in the wake of some �technical issue� cropping up from the Bangladeshi side.
Of the five convicts, two are currently lodged in Goalpara detention camps. All the five convicts were booked under the Passport Act for illegally entering India.
�After being taken to Kolkata from Guwahati, the Bangladeshi nationals, escorted by a team of Border Police, will be handed over to the Immigration officials at the airport. From there, the Immigration officials will take their custody and finally hand over to the Bangladeshi agencies,� sources divulged.
More than 200 foreign nationals, including 180 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, have been deported from Assam in the last two years.
Sources told The Assam Tribune that due to effective coordination between the officials of the two neighbouring countries, especially the proactive role played by the Office of the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladeshi in Guwahati, the process of deportation has gained momentum as a result of which more than 50 Bangladesh nationals have been deported in the last six months.
At present, there are more than 1,000 Bangladeshi nationals lodged in the six detention camps in the State. In July, around 30 Bangladeshi convicts were deported back to their home country through Karimganj border.
Sources, meanwhile, said that the antecedents of many other convicts are still being verified and it is only after getting confirmation about their respective home addresses back in Bangladesh that the deportation would be given a go-ahead.