Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 30:
The Bharat Raksha Manch, a non-political organisation, today submitted a memorandum to Governor SC Jamir urging him to direct the Odisha government to take adequate steps to prevent infiltration of Bangladeshis into the state.
As per an estimate done by the organisation, nearly 5000 Bangladeshis are crossing over illegally into India every day of which an average of 500 slip into Odisha.
“We have been conducting a one year study which has given us alarming facts and statistics. We have found that there is a daily influx of around 500 illegal Bangladeshi citizens into the state. Odisha has become the favoured destination for illegal immigrants, who enter the porous coastal villages. Many places in on the Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur coast have become a mini-Bangladesh as the migrant population keeps ballooning every year,” said Murali Manohar Sharma, secretary of the Manch.
He also accused political parties of patronising illegal Bagladeshis for their vested interests.
“The government of Odisha has turned a blind eye to the problem. Over the years, they have got ration cards, voter identity cards, Aadhaar cards and BPL card. Some of them have even got government jobs. It all happens under the very nose of administration and politicians,” said Sharma.
The Bharat Raksha Manch had conducted a survey in 72 towns and cities of the state, which detected presence of Bangladeshi immigrants in 54 places of the state. They are even working as security guards in vital government institutions, the Manch alleged.