The Delhi Police arrested and deported more than 7,500 Bangladeshi people illegally staying in Delhi over last five years, data collected from various districts across the national capital as reply to an RTI query has revealed.
The figure of 7,882 Bangladeshi persons arrested does not include those from South District, South-West District, North-West District, North-East District and New Delhi District, as these units have not provided the requisite information, claimed Gopal Prasad, who had filed the application under Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The figures assume importance when seen in context of the fact that the number of such illegal Bangladeshi migrants is two per cent of India’s population, according to a data compiled by the Home Ministry on the basis of figures given by various state governments in 2009.
In Delhi, over last five years, a maximum of 4,310 such persons were arrested from East District followed by North District (1,768), the RTI replies show.
The West District arrested and deported 880 Bangladeshis staying illegally while for the Central district, the figure stands at 808 persons.
The other arrested people are from South East district (31), Outer District (77) and Crime Branch (8).
Interestingly, even when the police headquarters (where the RTI was filed in the first place) sent out its copies to all the district units, the replies were filed in different formats.
For instance, only the Central district provided male-female break up (534 males-273 females) while others gave only total numbers.
Only the Central district (combined) and North district’s Bangladeshi Cell bothered to mention ‘arrested and deported’ while rest others only gave away numbers in tabular format.
However, the RTI applicant is most disappointed with not receiving answers from all the districts. According to RTI Act, the applicant is to be given the desired information within 30 days of the receipt of the application.
“I filed my application in May this year. But the five districts – South District, South-West District, North-West District, North-East District and New Delhi District – have still not bothered to provide me the relevant information. Even from the date when the headquarters transferred my RTI to all districts, it is more than a month,” said Gopal Prasad, who claims to regularly use RTI method to exposed fissures in the system.