NEW DELHI, Nov 27 - The Centre on Wednesday informed that there are 988 foreigners lodged in six detention centres in Assam.
In a Rajya Sabha reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that from 2016 up to October 13 this year, 28 detenues have died either in the detention centres or in hospitals where they were referred.
According to Government of Assam, the detention centres are equipped with all the basic and medical care facilities. Basic facilities like food, clothing, daily newspapers, television facilities in every ward, sports facilities, performance of cultural programmes, library, yoga, meditation facilities etc are provided to the detenues in the detention centres. Indoor hospital facilities are available in every detention centre with medical staff.
In cases where the foreigner is arrested and action is taken under the relevant Acts, he or she is deported only after the completion of court proceedings. Such foreigner is repatriated to his or her country as soon as possible if there is nothing adverse against him or her and if he/she has a valid passport. In the absence of a valid passport, deportation is done only after issuance of valid travel documents by the foreign embassy concerned.