ILLEGAL BANGLADESHI NATIONALS
NEW DELHI: The Centre has admitted that it is not possible to collect accurate data of illegal Bangladeshi nationals living in various parts of the country. It, however, said that thousands of Bangladeshis were found living in India beyond the period of their visa validity.
“Illegal immigrants enter into the country without valid travel documents in a clandestine and surreptitious manner. Detection, detention and deportation of such illegally-staying foreign nationals, including Bangladeshi nationals, is an ongoing process. Since entry of such foreign nationals into the country is clandestine and surreptitious, it is not possible to collect accurate data of such Bangladeshi nationals living in various parts of the country,” said Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in the Parliament on Wednesday. He added that as per the limited data available, the number of Bangladeshi nationals who have overstayed in the country beyond the period of their visa validity after entering India legally during the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 is 25942, 49645 and 35055 respectively.
“Thousands of illegal immigrants who entered India without any documents were apprehended along Indo-Bangladesh border and handed over to authorities of Government of Bangladesh,” he pointed out.
He further said that the Central government has also given power to the States to detect and deport illegal foreigners.
“The Central Government is vested with powers to detain a foreign national staying illegally in the country under Section 3 (2) (e) of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and to deport such a foreign national under Section 3(2)(c) of the Foreigners Act, 1946. These powers to detain and deport illegally staying foreign nationals have also been entrusted under Article 258(1) of the Constitution of India to the State Governments since 1958,” he added.