'Bangladeshi immigrant' who lived in Govandi for 25 years nabbed

Mar 11, 2013, 07:29 IST | Shiva Devnath

Wife alleges that despite showing all the documents that proved her husband is an Indian citizen, Deonar police refused to release him

A woman residing at Gautam Nagar, Govandi was left shocked and puzzled after the police carted away her husband alleging that he was an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant living in the city. Noorjahan Mondal, wife of Mansoor Ahmed Mondal said that Deonar police arrested her husband, her son and four others in the aftermath of the Hyderabad twin blasts alleging that they were illegal immigrants in the city.

Noorjahan Mondal
Noorjahan Mondal shows her husband and son’s documents proving both of them are Indians

Noorjahan claimed that the police had falsely implicated her husband. “They forcibly took him away. We are from Calcutta but have been living in Govandi for the last 25 years. Even when I showed the cops all my documents, they did not listen and instead demanded Rs 2 lakh. But, as I didn’t have the money, they charged him of being an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. The arrests distracted my son who is giving his SSC board exams,” she alleged.

The arrests
After the twin blasts claimed 16 lives in Hyderabad on February 21, the city police have been carrying out several combing operations and arresting several illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, on the instructions of the Special Branch (SB-1).

Acting on the information received from their informers, the Deonar police arrested Jalaluddin Jamshed Ali Shaikh (39) and Mansoor Ahmed Mondal (40), owners of hand embroidery units in Govandi and their employees Allauddin Muktar Mulla (28), Sameeruddin Jamshed Ali (25), Saifulla Shahnwar Mondal (20) and Moshin Sankat Mondal (22) on Saturday.

Speaking about the arrests, Assistant Police Inspector Kailash Awad of Deonar police station, said, “We have arrested four employees and two owners of hand embroidery units, all Bangladeshis. All of them failed to show documents proving their Indian citizenship.”

The police then booked the six of them under relevant sections of the Passports Act and Indian Citizenship Act after failing to produce any documents or identity cards to prove their Indian citizenship. All of them were produced in Bhoiwada court yesterday and remanded to one day in police custody, the police added.

Saifulla’s mother Roma Shahnwar also complained that the police had wrongfully arrested her son. She said that her son was born in Govandi but they were originally from Calcutta. She added, “In the name of taking action against illegal immigrant Bangladeshis, the police are targeting Calcutta Muslims for no reason.”

When MiD DAY contacted Sanjay Shintre, deputy commissioner of police, SB-1, he said, that during the raid the alleged illegal immigrants failed to produce any proof to show their Indian citizenships. However, if they produce genuine documents and proof, the case against them will be withdrawn. “Action on illegal immigrants and persons employing them will continue,” he added.

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