Blasts handiwork of immigrants from Bangladesh: NCCL

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Ahmedabad, Aug 1 (UNI) The National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) observed that the broad spectrum of society in western India was unanimous in its opinion that the present series of terrorist attacks were most certainly the 'handiwork of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh', who have spread in every state.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, NCCL president V K Saxena said the serial bomb blasts that went off last week in Ahmedabad and Bangalore have created an unprecedented situation of inexplicable fear.

He said ''We had held long discussions in the past two days with intellectuals, civil servants, politicians, lawyers, journalists and general public to seek opinion on what additional safeguards we should assume as a society to the efforts being made by the Government in collecting useful intelligence on the threats to public security.'' Mr Saxena said it is possible that some local ''pervert'' people might have given logistics support to the spate of violence, but the end-game of exploding the bombs was surely made possible by exploiting this stock of illegal immigrants, who owe no allegiance or respect to the society they live in. This floating population of more than one crore illegal immigrants from Bangladesh has become a virus and succeeded in destroying the society from inside out.

The NCCL has suggested steps to identify and isolate the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, effective steps to check infiltration at borders with Bangladesh, compulsory uses of CCTV on border check posts, highways and entry point of large cities, persons with remotest connection with terrorists, underworld, the Naxalites or any such anti-social entities are punished forthwith.

While quoting a recent observation by the Guwahati High Court, he said ''Bangladeshi infiltrators have not only intruded into every nook and cranny of Assam, but have already become the King makers.

If this trend is not arrested, they will soon intrude the corridors of power and the indigenous people of Assam will be reduced to minorities in their own land.'' He said according to reports, on an average, 400 Bangladeshi nationals illegally enter India every day through the West Bengal borders. This translates into 1.5 lakh per annum.

''We must reiterate our collective anxiety in Ahmedabad at a situation that has shaken our very basis of survival. This inner war is an unprecedented human crisis. As much as the society needs the governmental safeguards, it is our submission to you that the act of governance needs collective social support,'' Mr Saxena said.

The letter further said, ''Hope your goodself will appreciate our suggestions and accept our spirit of support to your efforts and involve the civil society in the process of gathering collective intelligence on the enemies of our society, who have misused the hospitality and opportunity provided by our peaceful progress.'' UNI PVN SSS SBC CS2258

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