Noida: Admin surveys Kasna jail for detention centre to keep foreigners
Officials said that several residential buildings are lying empty as no jail staff is living therenoida Updated: Dec 15, 2017 22:28 IST
The district magistrate and senior superintendent of police of Gautam Budh Nagar on Friday visited the Kasna jail premises to identify a place that can be used as a detention centre for illegal immigrants and foreign nationals.
On December 4, the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh had written to the district magistrates of Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad to identify a land or a building to come up with a detention centre. The chief secretary had asked the DM and the SSP to visit the newly constructed premises of the Kasna jail, where there are many empty residential buildings that were constructed for the jail staff.
Officials said that several residential buildings are lying empty as no jail staff is living there. The letter from the chief secretary stated that one of the premises or building can be used as a detention centre by building a boundary around it and ensuring that it meets all rules and regulations.
DM and SSP will now be writing back to the chief secretary giving their opinion on the location for the detention centre.
“We have visited the premises of Kasna jail and there are few buildings that are lying unused. We will be giving our feedback on the issue to the chief secretary. We do need a detention centre to detain foreign nationals when their visa expires or before getting them deported,” BN Singh, DM, said.
The district police chief also said that a detention centre is a must. “We visited the location today to see if any of the buildings can be used as a detention centre. This detention centre will be used for any illegal immigrant or foreign nationals who are caught committing crimes in Uttar Pradesh. It becomes a task for us to detain foreign nationals before they are finally sent back, be it for any reason,” Love Kumar, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
The chief secretary has asked that the process of identifying land or building for the detention centre be expedited as the issue has been pending for years.
On September 9, 2014, the ministry of home affairs had written to the principal secretaries of all the state governments and administrations of Union territories for setting up detention centres/holding centres/camps to restrict the movement of illegal immigrants and foreign nationals awaiting deportation after completion of sentence due to non-confirmation of nationality.