Kolkata, Sept 10 : Activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party staged a protest in Kolkata on Wednesday, against Bangladeshi immigrants in the country.
Scores of activists of ABVP took to streets chanting slogans to voice their resentment against the large number of illegal Bangladeshi nationals who are taking shelter in India.
Holding placards and banners the activists marched down the streets of the city demanding deportation of such Bangladeshi immigrants.
The activists said, they demand these Bangladeshi immigrants be stripped of all their benefits that they are enjoying in India and sent back.
"There have been around 30 million Bangladeshi immigrants in India for past few years; we are staging an agitation against them. We demand that these immigrants should be identified and they should be deported from this country. Detect, delete, and deport, these are our three demands," said Sunil Kumar, an activist.
Over the past many years, there has been a large influx of Bangladeshi nationals to India, who have crossed over illegally and have taken refuge in the country.
These illegal immigrants make a living by serving as maids, servants, labourers and other such small jobs.
Many of these also enjoy the status of being Indian nationals after being issued with ration cards and identity cards.
The porous border between India and Bangladesh along the northeastern region of the country provides the immigrants an easy vent for crossing over to India.