NEW DELHI, July 27 - The Centre today admitted that illegal immigrants are able to enter Assam despite several checks and control measures taken along the international border.
Since entry is clandestine and surreptitious, the number of illegal migrants cannot be ascertained, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Dr Sanjay Sinh.
An action plan for detection and deportation of the illegal migrants in Assam has been prepared and the Government of Assam has formed 500 State Police units for detection of illegal immigrants in Assam. For speedy disposal of cases relating to detection and deportation of such illegal migrants, 100 Foreigners Tribunals have been made functional.
In order to prevent illegal migration, the Government has taken various measures like strengthening vigilance along the international border by way of equipping the Border Security Force with more manpower and modern gadgets, reducing the gaps between border outposts, intensifying patrolling, constructing border roads and fencing, stepping up riverine patrolling, etc. Besides, the Bangladesh side has also been urged to take effective steps to check illegal movement of its nationals into India.
Meanwhile, in an alarming disclosure, the Centre has admitted that the ISIS has designs to create a �Greater Bengal� comprising Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that according to available information, an interview of one Abu Ibrahim Al Hanif was published in the 14th issue of the ISIL�s English online magazine, Dabiq.
The magazine quoted Hanif advocating a strong jehadi base in Bangladesh to create conditions of fear and chaos in India. However, nothing is known about Abu Ibrahim Al Hanif and his identity as yet. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), while investigating the bomb blasts that occurred at Khagragarh, Burdwan in West Bengal on October 2, 2014, has found that the persons present at the site of the bomb blast were believed to be members of the terrorist outfit, JuM-B. These persons were engaged in planning terror attacks in different parts of India and Bangladesh.
Recently, the Assam Police busted a JuM-B module that led to the arrest of 33 persons from various parts of lower Assam in connection with their suspected links with the JuM-B.
The ISIS is using various platforms to propagate its ideology. Intelligence and security agencies are keeping a close watch to identify potential recruits and take further action, if necessary.
In order to assess the threat posed by the ISIS and the ISIL and to devise a national strategy to deal with it, meetings have been held by the Ministry of Home Affairs with all the Central agencies concerned and the State Government.