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‘Will up ante against illegal B’deshi migrants’

After rounding up over 126 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants over the past 10 days, the special branch (SB) of Mumbai police plans to intensify its crackdown after Ganeshotsav.

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2012 01:43 IST
HT Correspondent

After rounding up over 126 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants over the past 10 days, the special branch (SB) of Mumbai police plans to intensify its crackdown after Ganeshotsav.

Naval Bajaj, additional commissioner of police, special branch, said the police had identified illegal migrant pockets in the city. After the festivities, simultaneous raids will be conducted to flush out the migrants. “The police force has been deployed on Ganpati bandobast duty. As an all-out crackdown requires heavy force, we are waiting till the festivities are over,” Bajaj said, adding that manpower will be sought from the Mumbai police reserves (local arms department) as well as police stations where the operations will be carried out.

The ‘I branch’ of the SB, which looks after the movement of Bangladeshi and Pakistan nationals in the city, will spearhead the operations. The I branch collects intelligence about Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals. The law requires every visitor from Bangladesh and Pakistan to report to the I Branch on arrival. Those who don’t do so are deemed illegal migrants.

Bajaj said that since January, 82 offences were filed against 643 illegal Bangladeshis. Of these, 241 have been sent back to Bangladesh, while the rest are in judicial custody. “The number of arrests will be much higher in the coming days as the crackdown will be bigger,” Bajaj said.

He said the police are aware that illegal migrants often come back following their repatriation, with organised human trafficking syndicates facilitating their return. “To address this problem, we have started identifying traffickers and are taking them on swiftly,” he said.

Sources in the SB said the illegal migration of Bangladeshis not only puts pressure on the city’s resources, but also poses a major security threat. Sources said several Pakistan-sponsored terrorists have used the porous Indo-Bangladesh border to sneak into the country. However, the key reason behind the crackdown is the thriving counterfeit currency racket that uses these migrants as agents. Police said that on the social front too, migrants are a problem, with several minor girls being forced into flesh trade.