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264 Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Navi Mumbai

264 Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Navi Mumbai

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 15, 2006

As part of the tough counter-terrorism measures and Independence Day security alert, the Navi Mumbai police have arrested a record 264 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants within 10 days. This includes 225 immigrants nabbed in the last two days.

Talking to media-persons on Monday, police commissioner Ramrao Wagh said the police had increased their vigil in the township since the recent bomb blasts and the subsequent arrest of a terror accused from Navi Mumbai.

The Bangladeshis were illegally residing in places like Turbhe, Kalamboli, Panvel, Koparkhairane and Nerul. They were arrested under the Indian Passport Act, 1950, and the Foreigners Act 1946.

"These immigrants had some how managed to come all the way here through the porous Bangladesh border in the east. While the men work as cheap labour, the women become maids or engage in prostitution," said a police official.

When asked if the police will also take action against those who provide shelter to these immigrants, he said: "We will eventually take action against anyone who helps illegal immigrants."

Of the 264 caught, 134 are males, 83 females and 47 children.

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