HT Image
HT Image

Bangladeshis flee slums, panic prevails

Rajasthan police start an aggressive drive to verify their credentials prior to deporting them to their own country, reports KS Tomar.Column: Act together | Video
Hindustan Times | By KS Tomar, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2008 02:03 AM IST

Panic prevails in the slum colonies of Bangladeshis in various districts across the state, as Rajasthan police have started
an aggressive campaign to verify their credentials prior to deporting them to their own country.

After the serial blasts in Jaipur last week and the involvement of the terrorist outfit, HUji, the state government has directed all district collectors to hold surveys to identify Bangladeshis and submit the report within 30 days.

According to local police officials, more than 2,200 Bangladeshis have fled to safer places and might return once surveys are over.

According to officials figures, there are more than 50,000 Bangladeshis in various districts and about 10,000 of them live in different colonies in Jaipur.

DGP AS Gill said, “All district superintendents have been asked to complete surveys and send the reports to the government. If someone has proper documents, there is no question of taking any action against him or her.”

AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot said, “The BJP should not execute its communal agenda under the garb of dealing with terrorism.”

Refuting the charge that the Centre had directed the Rajasthan government to collect illegal Bangladeshis and put them in a transit camp, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil told NDTV on Monday that state chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s comments to the effect “exposed her weakness in tackling terrorism”.

A day earlier, Raje had said that the Centre had directed that illegal Bangladeshi migrants be rounded up and put up in a transit camp.

Story Saved