Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (UNI) The Orissa unit of the Hindu Jagaran Samukhya (HJS) today demanded identification and deportation of Bangladeshi infiltrators residing in Orissa.
''More than 20 lakh Bangladeshi immigrants are illegally residing in the state and a majority of them are living in Kendrapara, Khariagarha, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri as Hindus,'' HJS state president Ashok Sahoo told newsmen here.
He alleged that the immigrants were behind many criminal activities and patronising the Maoists in the state.
''Despite their nexus and close links with the ISI of Pakistan the political parties are supporting them to keep their vote bank intact,'' he further said.
He said though notices for deportation of 1556 Bangladeshis staying in Kendrapara were served long back, no action had been taken to deport them. The authorities, he alleged, were showing uncalled for sympathy to the Bangladeshis staying illegally in India.
Mr Sahoo said he would soon write to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to initiate steps for their identification and necessary deportation.
Reacting to the government announcement to provide financial assistance of Rs 25,000 to those who lost their shanties in an accidental fire in Malisahi area here recently, he said, ''Providing relief on humanitarian point is alright. But all those who lost their houses were Bangladeshi infiltrators and should be deported.'' UNI