Maharashtra campaign against illegal immigrants
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 16:21
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday said that it will undertake a campaign to identify and deport foreigners residing illegally in the state.

In his reply to a question on Bangladeshi migrants staying illegally along the coast in neighbouring Thane district, Home Minister RR Patil told the Legislative Assembly that the special cell of police department regularly keeps a watch of such foreigners and deports them.

"Another campaign will be undertaken soon," he said while replying to the Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse.

Khadse said that colonies of Bangladeshi migrants existed in Bhayander, Uttan and other areas in Thane district.

Patil said 869 foreigners were deported in 2008 after they were found to be not in possession of valid documents.

In 2009, 1059 persons were found to have overstayed their visa, while 812 immigrants were deported in 2010 and 1560 in 2011, respectively, Patil said.

"In the view of the massive urbanisation, we need to have special branch of police in Navi Mumbai and Thane, like SB-1 branch of Mumbai Police, to keep a tab on foreign visitors," Patil said.

He informed that 12 coastal police stations have been set up and the proposal of having a separate commissionerate for coastal areas is pending.

Responding to a question on what steps the government was taking to curb influx of Bangladeshi migrants, Patil said it was incorrect to target only migrants from a specific country.

"Most of the time, people from West Bengal are looked upon as Bangladeshis," he added.

Patil said 55,000 new recruits were taken in the police force and 66,000 more posts will be created.


First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 16:21

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