200 Bangladeshi nationals detained in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Nov 2 (UNI) At least 200 people, suspected as Bangladeshi nationals, were apprehended by police from ''Bangladesh colony'' under Pynthorumkhrah constituency in Meghalaya today.

The detained Bangladeshi nationals, who claimed themselves to be from the neigbouring state of Assam, were rounded up early this morning, police informed.

The state police raided ''Bangladesh colony'' as a preventive measure following the recent serial blasts in Assam, which had claimed over 70 people and injured about 300.

''Most of them do not even have any document which guarantees them as Indian citizens despite their claims that they are from Assam,'' Superintendent of Police (Shillong City) Claudia A Lyngwa told UNI here.

Ms Lyngwa said the detained persons would be pushed back to Assam, as they claimed to be from that state.

In fact, most of the Bangladeshi nationals apprehended in Shillong always claimed to be the residents of Assam's Dhubri, Nalbari, Barpeta, Noagaon and Karimganj.

Security agencies in Meghalaya have also identified eleven places vulnerable to terrorist attacks and stepped up vigilance.

According to intelligence officials, the assessment of the 11 vulnerable places in Meghalaya was made with inputs from central intelligence agencies located in Shillong.

Of the eleven places, four are located in Shillong and Garo Hills and three in Jaintia Hills district.

With Meghalaya sharing porous border with Bangladesh, the NGOs fear that the members of fundamentalist groups might sneak into the state.

The Khasi Students Union (KSU) and Garo Student's Union had detained and handed over to the police many Bangladeshis, who were illegally trying to enter the state.

At least 19 NGOs in Meghalaya have demanded that the state government must put in place stringent laws to combat illegal Bangladeshi migration that would pose a serious threat to the security and demography of Meghalaya.

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