Police arrest 15 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, thereby revealing failure on Intelligence Bureau's part; IB sources say around 40,000 illegal immigrants may be in the state
A tip off from a local source led to the arrest of 15 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the city and also brought to the fore, failure on the part of the Intelligence Bureau in doing its job.
Following the tip off, the Wilson Garden police nabbed the immigrants, who have been working in the city.
The illegal immigrants are said to be in custody of the Wilson Garden police. Police officials hinted that a press conference will be held today to take stock of the situation
According to witnesses working in the vicinity of the police station, the immigrants were seen being escorted into the station by cops on Monday evening.
Sources further claim that the issue was also brought to the notice of Police Commissioner B Jyotiprakash Mirji yesterday morning.
The issue is serious and has been under the local police purview for several years now, but the limited number of such immigrants being brought to book has raised questions about the functioning of the State Intelligence and the failure of the department overall.
Tip of iceberg! Confirming that 15 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants have been taken into custody, a highly placed official at the IB revealed to MiD DAY that the operation was successful.
"There are around 40 thousand illegal immigrants suspected to be in the state and about 1 lakh in Mumbai.
They cross the border with the help of agents for a mere Rs 2,000 and come here in search of jobs, as the city is a hub of construction activities," claimed a senior official from the IB.
He added a majority of these immigrants then settle down in the country and eventually become citizens and very few return to their country.
This is a dangerous development as ISI might misuse these persons for subversive activities.
He also said that they are targeted because of their adverse poverty often agree to provide intelligence inputs or to circulate fake currency.
Under wraps Meanwhile, Sub Inspector of Wilson Garden police station Anil Kumar, who was heading the operation refused to comment on the racket. "We will share the information when required," he said.
Sources within the police station however reveal that the cops are having a difficult time extracting information from the immigrants.
"Because of the language barrier, investigations are progressing at a slow pace," said the source.
This reporter questioned local shopkeepers from the vicinity who confirmed that the immigrants, most of them young men, were brought to the police station.
"They were brought here late in the evening. Its a wonder how the IB keeps failing the state time and again.
We are aware that many of them operate from the Domlur-Bellandur area," said Ali Zafar, Trade Union leader, Wilson Garden.
Police officials from Wilson Garden police station hinted that a press conference will be held sometime today to take stock of the situation and highlight the operation that was busted by the department.