The Union government was pulled up by a Delhi court on Thursday for its failure to act against 3 crore illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, enjoying the privileges meant for Indian citizens.
The court made the stinging remarks while awarding life sentence and 10 years in jail to two Bangladeshi nationals in a case of dacoity-cum-murder bid.
“Our country has become a haven for all these criminal elements who are most ruthless and brutal with anybody who come their way.
While the genuine citizens continue to suffer in abject poverty, what is it that prevents a firm, resolute, intense government action against these 3 crore Bangladeshi nationals illegally staying in India, enjoying all benefits which are otherwise the entitlements of citizens,” said Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau.
“It is this lack of concerted governmental/administrative action which has compelled the courts of law to step in,” she added. The court sentenced Jahangir to life term and Mohammed Karim to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and also imposed a fine of R20,000 on each.
The judge said a large number of crimes have come to light where Bangladeshi nationals were involved in heinous offences such as robberies, dacoities, murder and rape.
“Bangladeshi influx is one of the major challenges being faced by our country and is a matter of national concern.
This serious issue requires urgent political debate, governmental intervention and concerted action, before it becomes a little too late,” the court said.
On February 8, 2011 a gang of seven dacoits, most of them of Bangladeshis, entered a house in Ashok Vihar and attacked the inmates when they resisted their dacoity bid.