A growing menace, say intelligence inputs
The STATE government seems to have turned a blind eye to the growing number of Bangladeshis in different parts of the state capital and other cities despite intelligence inputs expressing concern over their activities.
Almost all of them are illegal migrants from Bangladesh but they claim to come from North-East to earn their livelihood. However, investigations made by a Government agency have proved beyond doubt that they had given fake and non-existing addresses.
In its report submitted to the Government and district police chiefs, the agency has expressed serious concern over their activities. The report has suggested a thorough probe and legal action to deport them. But nothing has so far been done in this regard.
The Bangladeshis could be seen moving freely and picking rags even at 5 in the morning in the Police Lines in Lucknow, which was supposed to be a prohibited area, said a senior police officer. It was not difficult for them to plant a bomb, he said expressing concern that nobody had ever taken notice of such a threat.
Their ‘jhuggis’, he said, could be a safe haven for terrorists or work as a store for keeping RDX and other explosives, he opined. Moreover, their involvement in other criminal activities had also come to light, he added.
The report has identified 13 places in the state capital where concentration of the Bangladeshis has reached alarming proportion. This includes 1000 Bangladeshis staying at Chadan village in Ghazipur police circle, 250 huts near Daliganj Railway Station, 40 huts under the Aishbagh Bridge, 50 huts on Campbell Road, 100 huts at Hussainabad Bundh in Thakurganj, 150 huts in Amrapali Market near the nullah in Ghazipur and 300 huts near Purnia in Mandion.
Incidentally, 300 Bangladeshi have been taken into custody from Navi Mumbai on Monday on the allegation of providing logistic support to terrorists involved in Mumbai train blasts.
Leader of the opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Lalji Tandon, who had raised the issue in the Assembly, alleged that the illegal Bangladeshi migrants were involved in all kinds of anti-national and anti-social activities, including land grabbing, extortion, loot and drug pedaling etc.
He regretted that instead of taking action, the police were realising ‘hafta’ from them while the Bangladeshis were even getting their names enrolled on the voters’ list illegally to claim permanent citizenship later. They were also being used by the land mafia to first grab land by making ‘jhuggis’ and later transfer possession to the mafia. No political parties, barring the BJP, did not raise the issue because of vote bank politics, Tandon regretted. The Bangladeshis were now talking in terms of en bloc voting in favour of a political party which helped them to settle here permanently, he said.