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Indians picked up on suspicion: Centre

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 15 � The Centre has admitted that there were reports from some parts alleging that Indian nationals have been picked up on the suspicion of being Bangladeshi nationals.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Badruddin Ajmal and Kabindra Purkayastha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran said that all the State Governments had been advised on August 5 last to ensure that no innocent person belonging to any community was unnecessarily harassed and to strictly follow the instructions of November 2009. Further instructions on the procedure were issued on February 22, he added.

Meanwhile, in a separate reply, Ramachandran said that 73441 foreign nationals who entered the country with valid documents have been found to be overstaying. As on December 2009, 32,644 Bangladeshi nationals were found to be overstaying.

Further, there are reports of involvement of Bangladeshi nationals in five incidents of terrorist attacks in India.

Meanwhile, the Centre has admitted that Bangladeshi nationals have been visiting various countries via India airports on the strength of double entry transit visa. However, no specific instance of procurement of Indian passport by Bangladeshi nationals to facilitate their visits to various countries via India has come to the government�s notice, Ramachandran said.

There is no specific input regarding connivance of officials with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, the Minister said.

The number of arrests of Bangladeshi nationals had come down to 5312 in 2009 from 12,080 in 2007, the Minister said.

The anti-infiltration measures included 1185 Border Out Posts along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The distance between two outposts had been reduced in 802 BOPs, while setting up of remaining 383 BOPs had been sanctioned.

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Indians picked up on suspicion: Centre

NEW DELHI, March 15 � The Centre has admitted that there were reports from some parts alleging that Indian nationals have been picked up on the suspicion of being Bangladeshi nationals.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Badruddin Ajmal and Kabindra Purkayastha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran said that all the State Governments had been advised on August 5 last to ensure that no innocent person belonging to any community was unnecessarily harassed and to strictly follow the instructions of November 2009. Further instructions on the procedure were issued on February 22, he added.

Meanwhile, in a separate reply, Ramachandran said that 73441 foreign nationals who entered the country with valid documents have been found to be overstaying. As on December 2009, 32,644 Bangladeshi nationals were found to be overstaying.

Further, there are reports of involvement of Bangladeshi nationals in five incidents of terrorist attacks in India.

Meanwhile, the Centre has admitted that Bangladeshi nationals have been visiting various countries via India airports on the strength of double entry transit visa. However, no specific instance of procurement of Indian passport by Bangladeshi nationals to facilitate their visits to various countries via India has come to the government�s notice, Ramachandran said.

There is no specific input regarding connivance of officials with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, the Minister said.

The number of arrests of Bangladeshi nationals had come down to 5312 in 2009 from 12,080 in 2007, the Minister said.

The anti-infiltration measures included 1185 Border Out Posts along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The distance between two outposts had been reduced in 802 BOPs, while setting up of remaining 383 BOPs had been sanctioned.