Thursday, March 13, 2008

Infiltration declining, claims Centre

From Our Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 12 – While claiming that infiltration from across the border has been on the decline, Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil today conceded that there lurked the danger of the illegal immigrants indulging in subversive and terrorist activities. Patil, who was replying to supplementaries during Question Hour discussions, downplayed reports of intrusions from across the borders in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“While illegal immigration into the country has various socio-economic implications, the dangers from foreign infiltration relates mainly to their likely indulgence in subversive and terrorist activities,” he said.

The Ministry however, ruled out the possibility of Bangladeshi migrants indulging in naxalite activities.

Since 1947, Patil said about 80,000 intruders had crossed Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders. Most of them were arrested and deported, he claimed.

The Minister claimed that 15720 infiltrators were caught by security forces on Indo—Bangladesh border during the last three years. The highest number of infiltrators were caught in 2005 when 6586 of them were caught.

The Union Home Minister, however, asserted that infiltration from Bangladesh and Pakistan has been on the decline.

Available information about foreign intruders indicates a decline in cross-border infiltration on the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders. There was no significant incidence of cross-border intrusion of foreigners on the other borders, he asserted.

On the Indo-Bangladesh border, 4206 persons were apprehended, down from 5130 in 2006. In 2005, 6384 persons were arrested on that border, he said.

Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border intrusions by foreign nationals. This includes border fencing, increasing number of border security personnel, raising number of border outposts and reducing distance between two outposts.

Meanwhile, in a separate reply to a question on the impact of the scrapping of the controversial IM (DT) Act, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Radhika Selvi said that Government is aware of illegal immigration from Bangladesh into various parts of the country. However, as this activity takes places clandestinely, no specific details are available about the magnitude of this illegal infiltration.

At least 32 foreigners tribunals under the provision of Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 have been constituted in Assam for detection of illegal migrants.

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