Home minister RR Patil said in the state assembly on Wednesday that the intrusion of Bangladeshis into Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Thane is on the rise, and that his department has taken serious note of it.
Patil said strict action will be initiated against officials assisting the illegals in procuring fake documents to mask their nationality.
Patil said the intruders, who come in large numbers to work as labourers in the construction industry, are concentrated in and around the metropolis.
He said documents such as PAN card, ration card and voters identity card are created by using fake certificates given by sarpanchs in villages in West Bengal.
“The police have come across cases where contractors in the real estate sector are involved in the appointment of these labourers at cheaper rates. We are considering action against them and even the employers,” he said.
He said his department is planning to request the central government to seal the borders adjoining Bangladesh as action at a later stage becomes difficult.
“Since there is no geographically-demarcated border between the two countries, intrusion is an easy task. Once they enter into parts of India, it becomes difficult to find them out as they manage to get documents to substantiate the fake nationality.”
“Of the 7,698 intruders from Bangladesh arrested between 2009 and February 2013, 3,009 have been deported back. The Mumbai police have constituted ‘I Branch’, a special cell for action against intruders from Bangladesh and Pakistan,” he added.
The issue was raised by leader of opposition in the assembly Eknath Khadse on Wednesday through a calling attention motion.
He alleged the number of the intruders from Bangladesh has gone up so much that a leading cellular operator has introduced special plans with cheaper calls to that country. Citing advertisements by the company, he demanded action against it.