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HC snubs Dispur on influx

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Aug 2015 12:00 AM GMT

BY Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Aug 13: In yet another snub to the government on the illegal migrant issue, the Gauhati High court has said that there is lack of "political will" to solve the vexed problem of detection, detention and deportation of illegal migrants whose huge presence in the State has jeopardized the very existence of the indigenous people.
A bench of Justice BK Sharma, while hearing a review petition from a declared foreigner, observed that the ADGP (border) had published a list of untraced 2,823 declared foreigners in newspapers, seeking information from the public regarding the absconders. "In the list, no photograph of the foreigners was published. This is how the mighty administration seeks to deal with the foreigners problem so acute in the State of Assam, endangering the sovereignty and integrity of the country," Justice Sharma said.
The bench said that there are also instances of declared foreigners pushed back to Bangladesh, returning to Assam and invoking writ jurisdiction of this court. Instances are also galore of not deleting the mes of declared foreigners from the electoral rolls, the bench said, adding, "It seems, the powers that be or for that matter, those who are at the helm of affairs, are not at all bothered with this enormous problem. Orders passed declaring persons as foreigners remain on paper only, without being implemented even to the extent of not deleting their mes from the voter lists."

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