NEW DELHI, Feb 25 � The Centre on Wednesday confirmed reports that some Bangladeshi nationals have managed to enter into the country illegally despite several checks and control measures taken along the international border.
In a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Santius Kujur, the Minister said that since entry of such illegal Bangladeshi nationals into the country is clandestine and surreptitious, it is not possible to have accurate data of such illegal Bangladeshi nationals. He also lobbed the ball to the State Government�s court stating that the powers of identification and deportation of illegally staying foreign nationals, including Bangladeshi nationals have been delegated to the State governments under Section 3(2)(c) of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
The Government has set up 36 Foreigners Tribunals in Assam for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants. Besides, additional 64 Foreigners Tribunals have been sanctioned in June, 2013 by the Government of India for setting up in Assam, Rijiju informed.
It may be mentioned that the issue of unabated infiltration from neighbouring Bangladesh has been a major issue in the State. The influx has changed the demography in several districts of the State.