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GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � Taking serious note of the disturbing trend of disappearance of Bangladeshi infiltrators after invoking the high court�s writ jurisdiction and obtaining stay order on the Foreigners Tribunals� judgement, the Gauhati High Court has directed the police to ensure that suspected foreigners cannot do any vanishing act.

The court asked the State and the Union governments to apprise it about the action taken in terms of the court�s directions.

�Once a notice is issued to suspected foreign national for appearance either before the police administration or before the Foreigners Tribunal, the jurisdictional Superintendent of Police will ensure that such foreign national cannot do the act of vanishing,� Justice BK Sharma said in his order.

The court directed that at the time of issuance of notice itself and/or making reference to the Foreigners Tribunal pertaining to a suspected foreigner, the Superintendent of Police �shall ensure taking fingerprints and photographs of such suspected foreign national�.

The court further directed the State DGP and the Home Commissioner to issue appropriate directives to all concerned taking into account the aforesaid directions. The Union Home Ministry was also asked to ensure the same and suggest appropriate measures to the State Government to be followed in all seriousness.

Disposing of a writ petition by a Bangladeshi national Somiron Nessa declared as an illegal migrant in Assam by a Foreigners Tribunal who vanished after invoking the high court�s jurisdiction, the court observed that in spite of the best efforts of monitoring being made by the court, illegal migrants continue to vanish and �it is really not understood as to what purpose the Foreigners Tribunals have served except passing the orders, if the said orders are not in a position to be implemented by the mighty administration of the State and the Central Government.�

Dismissing the writ petition, the court directed the Central and the State government once again to apprehend the disappearing petitioner and keep in detention camp till she is deported to Bangladesh.

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HC concern over vanishing migrants

GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � Taking serious note of the disturbing trend of disappearance of Bangladeshi infiltrators after invoking the high court�s writ jurisdiction and obtaining stay order on the Foreigners Tribunals� judgement, the Gauhati High Court has directed the police to ensure that suspected foreigners cannot do any vanishing act.

The court asked the State and the Union governments to apprise it about the action taken in terms of the court�s directions.

�Once a notice is issued to suspected foreign national for appearance either before the police administration or before the Foreigners Tribunal, the jurisdictional Superintendent of Police will ensure that such foreign national cannot do the act of vanishing,� Justice BK Sharma said in his order.

The court directed that at the time of issuance of notice itself and/or making reference to the Foreigners Tribunal pertaining to a suspected foreigner, the Superintendent of Police �shall ensure taking fingerprints and photographs of such suspected foreign national�.

The court further directed the State DGP and the Home Commissioner to issue appropriate directives to all concerned taking into account the aforesaid directions. The Union Home Ministry was also asked to ensure the same and suggest appropriate measures to the State Government to be followed in all seriousness.

Disposing of a writ petition by a Bangladeshi national Somiron Nessa declared as an illegal migrant in Assam by a Foreigners Tribunal who vanished after invoking the high court�s jurisdiction, the court observed that in spite of the best efforts of monitoring being made by the court, illegal migrants continue to vanish and �it is really not understood as to what purpose the Foreigners Tribunals have served except passing the orders, if the said orders are not in a position to be implemented by the mighty administration of the State and the Central Government.�

Dismissing the writ petition, the court directed the Central and the State government once again to apprehend the disappearing petitioner and keep in detention camp till she is deported to Bangladesh.

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