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Illegal migrants threat to nation: Delhi HC

Illegal migrants threat to nation: Delhi HC

Publication: Assam Tribune
Date: August 13, 2008
URL: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=aug1308/at02

Observing that influx of illegal migrants from other countries poses a "threat to the integrity and security of India", the Delhi High Court today allowed the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) to deport five members of a family to Bangladesh, reports PTI. "The largescale influx of illegal migrants has led to large tracts of sensitive borders which has serious implication for internal security," said justice S L Bhayana in a judgement.

He dismissed a petition filed by a Bangladeshi woman, Razia Begum, seeking a stay on the deportation order passed by FRRO in April this year against five members of her family and said the ration card and nationality certificates obtained by them were forged and fabricated.

Rejecting the woman's claim that they have been staying in Mehrauli area since 1980, Justice Bhayana said "The influx of Bangladeshi nationals who have illegally migrated poses a threat to the integrity and security of India. The FRRO is duty bound to take all necessary measure".

On December 27 last year, the staff of FRRO had apprehended 16 Bangladeshis as they were allegedly staying in the country without valid documents. The FRRO passed an order on April 23 this year for deportation of the illegal migrants.

"The order of deportation is not a punishment but a method of ensuring the return to his own country of an alien who has not complied with conditions. Hence Bangladeshi nationals who have migrated illegally have no right to remain in India and they are liable to be deported," the court said.

Expressing concern over the continuing influx of Bangladeshis into India, the judge said "on account of variety of reasons, including religious and economic, it is difficult to make a realistic estimate of the number of illegal migrants...".

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