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Vigil On Influx

With possibility of influx from Assam looming large, Odisha Government has put the coast district SPs on alert and asked to keep vigil on the possible infiltration of Bangledeshis from the north-eastern state.


“We have alerted our officials to intensify patrolling and beef up other security measures,” ADG Coastal Security, Pranabindu Acharya told reporters.

This is not that Odisha has alone taken such steps. Some other states neighboring to Assam and others have already tightened their security.

Odisha is prone to influx of Bangaladeshis arrival as their friends and frelatives have already settled in the state without much trouble.

Odisha has identified only 3987 Bangladeshis in the state while the actual figure could be much higher.

Meanwhile, Bharat Raksha Manch in a letter to Chief Minister has demanded a NRC on the line of Assam here.

Manch President Murali Manohar Sharma said that Odisha has been, and remains, one of the most vulnerable States for illegal immigrants.

With its long porous coastline, Odisha has been the favourite spot for these illegal Bangladeshis. When the final draft of the NRC is released, the possibility of influx of persons who will not figure looms large. The State should be prepared and put
into place measures to tackle the huge influx, he said.

Anil Dhir, the National Secretary of the Manch said that other States have started taking measures to ensure that those left out of the Assam Draft do not infiltrate their regions. Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya
have put alerts in their borders.

The large unchecked infiltration in the State that has been going on for years has developed into a whole impenetrable network.

The Manch suggested the state government to start the process of conducting the NRC in Odisha. The State should request the Registrar General of India to initiate the process of starring the exercise in the State.

Activate and make effective the Marine Police Stations in the State. All of them are defunct with no cases of infiltration being reported till date. The costly and precious equipment has either rotted or is lying disused, said Mr.Dhir.

As most of the illegal elements come from the sea route, the government should immediately restart the Biometric Card issuance to all fisher folk who venture into the sea.

Ask the District Collectors and Superintendents of Police to make Thana wise listing of the bastis, ghettoes, paras, localities where the concentration of Bangladeshi immigrants is there, he said adding that the district administration should keep a close watch on their activities.

Monitor the community Radio Services that have been set up in the coastal regions. The Kendrapada Police had detected and destroyed eight private radio stations a few years ago, the Manch said in its letter to the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister had, in 2015, declared on the floor of the house that 3987 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants were present in the State. Steps should be taken for their deportation.

Put up check points at the borders for preventing entry of illegal Bangladeshis. The Voter ID Cards, Adhar Cards, Ration Cards, Pan Cards, Passports etc., especially those issued in West Bengal should be reexamined.

All agencies issuing ID Cards, including the Passport Seva Kendras should be asked to be extra vigilant in issuance of such proof.

A Special Task force should be created for the detection of these illegal immigrants. Retired personnel from the Para Military forces should be indicted as they have the necessary experience from their border duties.
 
Many of these illegal immigrants are employed as Private Security Guards, even in vital government installations and offices. A through check on all private security agencies should be immediately made.

A Public awareness campaign should be launched in the interest of national and the State’s security where ordinary citizens should be asked to keep watch and inform the police about any strangers and unnatural activities in their areas, the Manch said.
 


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