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New system of repatriation in place: Patowary

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 - A new system of repatriation of illegal migrants where Bangladesh security forces are taking back their people is in the place and the push-back procedure is not longer followed, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly today.

Replying to a question by legislator Binanda Kumar Saikia, Patowary, underlining the steps taken to implement the Assam Accord, said since 1985 till August, 2018, a total of 6,26,793 cases have been registered at different Foreigners Tribunals.

�Of them, 108815 have been declared as Indian citizens and 103764 have been declared as foreigners. Of the total declared foreigners, 29829 have been deported till date,� the Minister informed.

He said several discussions have been held with Bangladesh as a result of which a proper system of repatriation is in place though a treaty is yet to be signed.

�Our police hands over the declared foreigners to them and they accept them,� he said, adding that the earlier system had loop-holes as the pushed back Bangladeshis tend to re-infiltrate.

Citing the �huge� number of persons declared as Indian citizens by FTs, Congress and AIUDF legislators alleged that Assam Police was not �applying mind� while performing their duties.

�Is it not harassment of genuine Indian citizens? I would have not raised the issue had there been one or two cases. But look at the chunk of people declared as Indian citizens. It is a crime perpetrated by the state as the citizens are being deprived of their rights for a long period,� Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed said. AIUDF MLA Mamun Imdadul Haque Chaudhury cited an instance when a BJP legislator was a served a notice by border police to prove citizenship.

Patowary, however, denied the charges and said as per law, the onus to prove citizenship lies on the citizen. He said the Opposition charges stemmed out of vote bank politics.

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New system of repatriation in place: Patowary

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 - A new system of repatriation of illegal migrants where Bangladesh security forces are taking back their people is in the place and the push-back procedure is not longer followed, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly today.

Replying to a question by legislator Binanda Kumar Saikia, Patowary, underlining the steps taken to implement the Assam Accord, said since 1985 till August, 2018, a total of 6,26,793 cases have been registered at different Foreigners Tribunals.

�Of them, 108815 have been declared as Indian citizens and 103764 have been declared as foreigners. Of the total declared foreigners, 29829 have been deported till date,� the Minister informed.

He said several discussions have been held with Bangladesh as a result of which a proper system of repatriation is in place though a treaty is yet to be signed.

�Our police hands over the declared foreigners to them and they accept them,� he said, adding that the earlier system had loop-holes as the pushed back Bangladeshis tend to re-infiltrate.

Citing the �huge� number of persons declared as Indian citizens by FTs, Congress and AIUDF legislators alleged that Assam Police was not �applying mind� while performing their duties.

�Is it not harassment of genuine Indian citizens? I would have not raised the issue had there been one or two cases. But look at the chunk of people declared as Indian citizens. It is a crime perpetrated by the state as the citizens are being deprived of their rights for a long period,� Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed said. AIUDF MLA Mamun Imdadul Haque Chaudhury cited an instance when a BJP legislator was a served a notice by border police to prove citizenship.

Patowary, however, denied the charges and said as per law, the onus to prove citizenship lies on the citizen. He said the Opposition charges stemmed out of vote bank politics.