GUWAHATI, May 11 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today demanded that the government should immediately expel those foreign nationals who have been identified and detained in the detention camps for quite a long time. It has also demanded urgent steps to raise a special force to arrest all those 1.12 lakh Bangladeshi nationals who have been reported missing during the past six years.
AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and its general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi also alleged in a joint statement here that the governments in the State and at the Centre have been trying to deviate from the Assam Accord.
As per the provisions of the Accord, both the State and the Central governments are bound to identify each of the illegal migrants from Bangladesh, delete such migrants� names from the electoral rolls and send them back to their country of origin. The State and the Central government are parties to the Assam Accord.
But, the State government has proposed releasing those identified Bangladeshi nationals, who have spent long time as detainees in the detention camps, on conditions. This proposal was endorsed by the Central government. If this system is introduced, it will encourage more illegal migration from Bangladesh and aggravate the illegal migrant-related problems in Assam.
The illegal migrants from Bangladesh would now be assured that they would be able to roam about freely in Assam by depositing a security amount of Rs 2 lakh and intimating the respective police stations from time to time of their presence. They would be able to settle in Assam, secure loans from banks and get their children educated in educational institutions of the State without any hindrance.
However, the AASU is for the deportation of all foreign nationals detained in the detention camps and demands urgent steps to raise a special force to arrest all the 1.12 lakh foreign nationals, who as per the State government�s admission, have gone missing during the past six years, said the AASU leaders.
The AASU leaders warned that if the illegal migrants are released conditionally from the detention camps, it will lead to social tension in the State and for all the consequences of such a development, the governments in the State and as well as at the Centre would have to assume responsibilities.
They also maintained that the Supreme Court has neither issued any clear-cut direction to release the illegal migrants detained for quite a long time in the detention camps, nor has it fixed any deadline for releasing such detenues.