Illegal Bangla immigrants flee Rajasthan

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Jaipur, May 20: Amid statewide crackdown to identify and round up Bangladeshis with criminal background, a large number of such 'illegal immigrants' are trying to flee from Rajasthan.

Scared of police action, a number of Bangladeshi families who were living in different parts of the city without valid immigration documents have moved out. Several slums in Bagrana Camp, Bhatta Basti and Idgah, which were inhabited by these foreigners have been deserted suddenly. Locals told the teams of officials which went to conduct survey to identify them, that several foreigners had run away during the past two days. A slum near Papad Ka Hanumanji area here was completly deserted.

About 100 Bangladeshis, with criminal and/or suspicious activities, were detained for interrogation yesterday.

According to a government spokesman, the survey to identify Bangladeshis, which has been initiated after suspected involvement of Bangladeshis in the serial blasts here on May 13, would last for a month.

Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that those Bangladeshi citizens who were staying in the state without valid documents would be deported Mr Kataria said the Centre had advised states, including Rajasthan, about a year ago that these people be identified and be kept in transit camps.


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