The Uttar Pradesh Police has been asked to identify Bangladeshis and ‘other foreigners’ in the state, it has come to light on Tuesday, October 1, so that they can be deported, in what may be seen as an action along similar lines to the Assam NRC. The move is "very important" for the state's internal security, the UP Director General of Police has said in a letter to all district police chiefs.
According to reports, an order was passed by the UP state Home Ministry which aims to identify the infiltrators and start an enquiry on them. These infiltrators possess Aadhar and other official documents made in an illegal way. Such documents will be scrapped by the government. The deportation will be "time-bound and monitored by senior officials," the top officer has said in his directives, which come in the middle of a controversy over the revised citizen's list in BJP-ruled Assam, the NRC or National Register of Citizens, which leaves out 19 lakh people who face being thrown out of the state if they cannot prove their citizenship.
NRC has been a hot topic of discussion in national politics as many national and state parties have opposed its implementation. Home Minister Amit Shah was in Kolkata on Tuesday for a seminar on the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. During his first visit to West Bengal after becoming the Home Minister of the country, Amit Shah called out the ruling Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for misleading the people of West Bengal about NRC.
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"People of West Bengal are being misled about NRC. Today, I would like to clarify about BJP's policy on NRC, I would like to convey the truth to all of you. According to Mamata didi, millions of Hindu refugees will have to leave West Bengal. Friends, there cannot be a lie bigger than this," he said.
Amit Shah also made a clear stand that no refugee will be forced to leave India. Calling the implementation of NRC to be a sensitive matter, Amit Shah accused Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress of instigating the people of West Bengal and spreading lies. He also advised the TMC to not mock the refugees for their sufferings.