Orissa identifies 4,083 Bangladeshi infiltrators, deports 48



Bhubaneswar: Orissa had so far been able to deport only 48 infiltrators to Bangladesh while efforts were on to ensure return of 4,035 others to their native country, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.

"Though the state government had identified 4,083 infiltrators from Bangladesh, it was not aware of the presence of infiltrators from any other country," he said replying to a question in the assembly.

While highest number of 1,649 Bangladeshi infiltrators were identified in coastal Kendrapara district, it was followed by 1,112 in Jagatsinghpur district, 703 in Malkangiri, 313 in district, 150 in Balasore district, 106 in Nabarangpur district and two in Baragarh district respectively, he said.

"The state government is not aware about involvement of any infiltrators in anti-national activities," Patnaik said pointing out that stringent action would be taken if any infiltrator was found to be involved in anti-national activities.

The state government had also taken several steps including round-the-clock patrolling in coastline to stop further infiltration into the state, the Chief Minister said.

PTI