Illegal migrants fleeing Rajasthan

Date: 19 May 2008


Title: Illegal migrants fleeing Rajasthan

Author: Lokpal Sethi

Publication: The Pioneer

Date: May 19, 2008.


Illegal migrants fleeing Rajasthan

Lokpal Sethi | Jaipur

Following the State Government's decision to launch a drive for identifying and deporting illegal Bangladeshi migrants within 30 days, a large number of them have been fleeing Rajasthan for the past three days.

East and North-East bound trains from Jaipur and other major cities, including Jodhpur-Howrah, Jodhpur-Guwahati, Jaipur-Sealdalh and Udaipur-Sealdah, are crowded with such Bangladeshis. Eager to get out of the State, many of them board the trains even without tickets. According to a rough estimate, nearly 3,000 Bangladeshis are leaving every day by trains.
The State police, GRP and intelligence agencies are keeping a close vigil on the fleeing Bangladeshis and the railway staff has been directed to check each passenger. Placement agents, who had illegally arranged jobs for them in Rajasthan, are helping them leave cities like Jaipur, Ajmer, Bhilwara, Udaipur and Jodhpur, where the number of such migrants is sizeable. 
About three years back, the Jaipur police had prepared a record of Bangladeshis and shifted some of them to the Bagrana transit camp on the Jaipur-Agra road. After that, police forgot to update the record. Many of the families which were shifted to this camp later moved to other areas without the knowledge of police.
Meanwhile, police, which are yet to reach the perpetrators of the May 13 serial blasts in Jaipur, have announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information about these people. As police collect more information about the terrorists, they are taking help of experts from Gujarat to prepare again the sketches of suspects. So far, the sketches of seven of the 10 suspects -- who bought bicycles the same day and parked them in the crowded Walled City after strapping them with explosives -- have been released.
Believing that other than HuJI, banned SIMI might have been involved in the serial blasts, police have arrested four SIMI activists. Among them is Mohammad Sajid, a 40-year-old who runs a madrasa at Gangapur city in Sawai Madhopur. His association with SIMI goes back many years and he was arrested in Jaipur for creating communal tension in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition in 1993. He was also arrested by Gujarat police in 2001 for similar reasons and had to spend 11 months in a Surat jail.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) would visit Delhi in connection with the interrogation of a hawala agent, Naim. Naim, who was arrested in Azamgarh by the UP Police, has reportedly confessed that he had received Rs 9 lakh from Bangladesh for carrying out blasts in Jaipur.