UP to set up detention centre for illegal Bangladeshis

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Lucknow, Dec 20 (UNI) With Bangladesh emerging as a new safe haven for terrorists operating in Uttar Pradesh, the state is set to create an "Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants Detention Centre" near the National Capital.

The state police has already sent the state government a proposal to set up the centre either in Ghaziabad or Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida). ''The Centre had asked us to set up such a centre where arrested Bangladeshis, who were staying illegally, can be kept,'' a senior official told UNI here.

He said till the time the detention centre is set up, a portion of the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad would be converted into a makeshift detention centre to accommodate the arrested Bangladeshi's .

''The detention centre needs to be close to Delhi as it is easier for the Border Security Force (BSF) to take the illegal immigrants to Bangladesh border and push them back,'' the officer explained.

The Delhi government is running a detention centre from a 'rain basera' (night shelter), while similar centres are also operational in Punjab and Haryana.

A recent drive in Ghaziabad, Meerut and Agra had resulted in the arrest of 22 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants -- 12 in Agra and the rest in Ghaziabad and Meerut.

The investigations into the serial blasts in Hyderabad, at Ajmer Sharief, and the three serial blasts in Court premises across UP, revealed the hand of Bangladesh-based terrorist organisation Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI). The most surprising element was that the Bangladeshis, who had crossed the border and lived in slums of almost all the posh cities of the country, carried all these subversive activities.

Turning out to be potent sleeping modules, these militants mixed with the local population and whenever they were signalled from across the border, they struck with devastation. It was also found that many of them had even procured ration cards or other documents giving them bona fide citizenship of the country.


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