By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 26: The Hindu Yuba-Chattra Parishan: Asom (HYCPA) has alleged that Dispur has weakened the Foreigner Tribuls in the State.
Talking to the media at Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday, parishad president Balen Baishya said: “The State Government has appointed inefficient Hindu Bengali advocates in the Tribuls, depriving efficient Assamese ones. Such advocates are more interested to give Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis than detecting foreigners. If Hindu Bangladeshis are given Indian citizenship through a judicial process, the sacrifice made by 855 martyrs during the Assam Agitation will go in vein. In order to give the true picture of the vexed foreigners issue in the State, Justice BK Sharma did say in an order – ‘… what purpose it would serve by establishing Foreigners Tribuls and keeping alive the existing Tribuls, when the declaration made by the said Tribuls are not capable of being implemented…’”
Baishya also said: “Lack of cooperation among FTs, district administrations and the police is also glaring in the failure on the part of the police to round up declared foreigners on time. On the other hand, there are thousands of complaints lodged by the Election Department, district administrations, gaon burhas and conscious citizens regarding foreigners illegally staying in the State. Since the government fails to pay adequate remuneration to the judges on time, experienced advocates are reluctant to join the Foreigners Tribuls. This has its ill effect on the efficiency of the Tribuls. If the Foreigners Tribuls can’t deliver goods effectively a former State Chief Minister’s statement that 'there’s no foreigner in the State' will be proved true. Taking that into account, we demand of the government to form a committee on the floor of the Assembly to monitor activities of the Foreigners Tribuls so as not to allow any illegal Bangladeshi escape the law of the land.”