GUWAHATI, Oct 21 - As many as 62 foreign nationals, who had entered India illegally, have been deported to their respective countries in the last four months.
The deported people include Monir Khan, a Pakistan national, who was lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail till recently. Khan, who was arrested from Agartala, was subsequently shifted to the Goalpara jail before being finally deported to Pakistan at the Wagah border.
�Khan was deported back to Pakistan at the Wagah border in the last week of September by the Indian security forces,� official sources said.
�Khan was convicted more than five years back, but his deportation was reportedly kept on hold due to diplomatic reasons. His deportation was kept under wraps due to security reasons,� the sources divulged.
Sources also informed that the government has deported 52 Bangladeshis, seven Rohingya, and three foreigners each from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, in the last four months. The deportation of illegal immigrants, especially those belonging to Bangladesh, has been put on fast-track lately, the sources stated.
The number of inmates in the existing six detention camps stands at around 950, sources added. �We do not have any full-fledged detention camps as yet. The existing jail infrastructure in all the six locations has been doubled up as detention camps. They are getting congested with each passing day.
However, with the Centre�s nod for a full-fledged camp in Goalpara, the scenario would improve,� the sources stated. A plot of land spreading over 20 bighas has been allotted for the full-fledged detention camp.