Ranchi: The Jharkhand government has urged the Centre to launch an exercise for preparing a National Register of Citizens (NRC) along the lines of Assam. It says that the Santhal Pargana division of the state – comprising the six districts of Jamtara, Deoghar, Dumka, Pakur, Godda and Sahebganj – is home to a large of Bangladeshi infiltrators.
Awaiting Central nod
Principal Secretary of the Home Department SKG Rahate said the process for preparing the NRC would begin once clearance from the Union Home Ministry is received. Over 1.50 lakh Bangladeshis may have to leave Jharkhand once the NRC is readied, he claimed.
BJP MLA Anant Kumar Ojha, who has been raising the issue of Bangladeshis residing in the state, said he would meet the chief minister and the home secretary. The government had sent Special Branch SP Dhananjay Singh to Assam to father information about NRC. He has submitted his preliminary report to Special Branch’s ADG.
Over 17,000 ‘Bangladeshis’ were identified in 1994
On the orders of the Union Home Ministry, Sahibganj’s then Deputy Commissioner Subhash Sharma conducted a revision of electoral rolls in 1994 and the names of 17,054 Bangladeshis were removed. However in the absence of any firm initiative by the government they could not be deported to Bangladesh.
A Bangladeshi was caught from Sahibganj
A Bangladeshi Aatur Sheikh alias Ataur Sheikh was caught from Radhanagar police station area of Sahebganj on 21 July. The number of Bangladeshis is said to be high in Sahibganj, Pakur, Godda and Jamtara areas. The Bangladeshis are also buying land there.