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GUWAHATI, April 8 � Taking serious note of the �vanishing act� done by illegal Bangladeshi migrants once they are declared as such by the tribunals or courts, the Gauhati High Court has asked the State government and the Centre to clarify their stand on the matter.

The court also asked the governments to clarify whether the National Register of Citizens (NRC) authorities responsible for updating the NRC had been apprised of the orders passed by Foreigners Tribunals and also the High Court for non-inclusion of names of illegal migrants declared by the tribunals and the High Court.

The court further asked both the governments to apprise the court about their �action plan towards apprehension and deportation of the declared foreigners without entertaining the act of vanishing being done by such foreigners�.

��it is really unfortunate that both the governments, i.e., the Union and the State, are not at all serious towards detection, detention and deportation of such Bangladeshi migrants,� the court said in its order.

In the event no affidavits are filed, the court warned, the representatives of the State government and the Union government in their respective home departments will have to be present in the court to answer queries.

Reprimanding the governments for failing to exhibit interest in the matter, Justice BK Sharma further observed, �If this is the approach of the Union and the State governments in such a serious matter where the very existence of the indigenous people of Assam is in danger, what is in store in future can well be imagined.�

The court, which was passing its order in case no WP � 4,329/2009, directed that the fact that the five petitioners � Safia Begum, Billal Hussain, Dilbahar Hussain, Rabiya Begum and Minara Begum of Cachar district � had been declared as foreigners �shall be intimated to the NRC updating authority by the district administration including the SP, Silchar.�

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HC asks Centre, State to clarify stand

GUWAHATI, April 8 � Taking serious note of the �vanishing act� done by illegal Bangladeshi migrants once they are declared as such by the tribunals or courts, the Gauhati High Court has asked the State government and the Centre to clarify their stand on the matter.

The court also asked the governments to clarify whether the National Register of Citizens (NRC) authorities responsible for updating the NRC had been apprised of the orders passed by Foreigners Tribunals and also the High Court for non-inclusion of names of illegal migrants declared by the tribunals and the High Court.

The court further asked both the governments to apprise the court about their �action plan towards apprehension and deportation of the declared foreigners without entertaining the act of vanishing being done by such foreigners�.

��it is really unfortunate that both the governments, i.e., the Union and the State, are not at all serious towards detection, detention and deportation of such Bangladeshi migrants,� the court said in its order.

In the event no affidavits are filed, the court warned, the representatives of the State government and the Union government in their respective home departments will have to be present in the court to answer queries.

Reprimanding the governments for failing to exhibit interest in the matter, Justice BK Sharma further observed, �If this is the approach of the Union and the State governments in such a serious matter where the very existence of the indigenous people of Assam is in danger, what is in store in future can well be imagined.�

The court, which was passing its order in case no WP � 4,329/2009, directed that the fact that the five petitioners � Safia Begum, Billal Hussain, Dilbahar Hussain, Rabiya Begum and Minara Begum of Cachar district � had been declared as foreigners �shall be intimated to the NRC updating authority by the district administration including the SP, Silchar.�

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