Refuting claims of presence of illegal immigrants in Jorhat as reported in various media and publishing agencies recently, Deputy Commissioner Jorhat, Ramesh Chand Jain while addressing a press meet held at the conference hall of Jorhat Court informed that, “Jorhat had only twenty immigrants who were nabbed and tried under the foreigners tribunal court. Out of which six had already been deported while accusing the media of flouting baseless news.” Also present in the meeting were Superintendent of Police, Sanjukta Parashar and DIG Eastern Range Prabin Saikia.
While admitting that 2857 suspected persons were nabbed, DIG Prabin Saikia said, “after investigation most were let free after they proved domicile and others were found originating from states like Bihar and West Bengal. But as a precautionary measure we advised them to move to other places.” Conscious citizens were irked at this irresponsible statement made by the district officials while questioning that if these people were from other states, than why were they told to go away from Assam? Were they not Indian citizens than? Most believe that the government is actually harboring these people for their valuable votes.
When asked whether the government is trying to hide confidential materials in the wake of recent processions by different organizations, postering in various educational institutions calling for economic boycott while also appealing to the people to abstain from providing shelter, the trio informed that people must be aware of what is true and only true as to the real identification of these settlers as per government statistics.
Noteworthy to mention that on August 27, a procession taken out by AASU (All Assam Students Union) gathered huge crowds and people were emotionally charged and shouted slogans against the vexed issue of illegal Bangladeshi settlers in the entire North Eastern region. The protestors had demanded all illegal immigrants to immediately vacate the rented houses by September 5Th. Leaflets were distributed publishing name of one Sahera Khatoon who had been identified thrice as a Bangladeshi National but despite repeated Government order from the Foreigners Tribunal, Sahera still continues to reside in Jorhat.