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
"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.