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NRC in Coastal Kendrapara in odisha soon, Bangladeshi immigrants panicked

Kendrapara, Oct 10 (UNI) Several Bengladeshi immigrants who were slapped with
quit India notice in 2005 are in a state of panic as after Assam, the process for
identification of illegal immigrants in coastal Kendrapara is likely to commence soon.
The Assistant Commandant (legal), Ministry of Home Affairs, Shakti Prakash, in a
letter to the Registrar General of India (RGI) has asked to take further necessary
action in this connection recently.
Gopal Mitra (40), an inhabitant of Kalatunga Paschimapada village under Gogua
GP of Mahakalapada block is now a worried as he and his family members were
identified as Bangladeshi immigrants and served with Quit India Notice by the State
Home Department.
He said his grandfather Bhima Mitra came from West Bengal and were settled in
coastal Kendrapara during 1952. But Quit India Notice were served to his late father
Keshab Mitra, physical handicapped mother, Kamala Mitra, and also to him even
though their names were registered in voter list in1975.
Gobinda Mandal, a fellow villager staying with his family and widow mother claimed
that he was in possession of voter Identity Card, Adhaar Card, Bank account and
ration card from the district administration.
“I was born and brought up here in Odisha and I have possessed everything to
prove myself as an Indian,” he remarked.
“If the state government would deport us then I will have no other option but to
commit suicide, Mandal said.
It may be noted here that Mohit Agrawala, Amicus curiae appointed by the High
court of Orissa, had submitted a report to the High Court on November 26 last year
urging the court to direct the central and state government to initiate steps for
updating the NRC in Kendrapara district.
Acting on the report, the High court had directed the Additional chief Secretary,
Environment and Forests to form a committee to initiate the process at the earliest.
The Amicus Curiae had brought to the notice of the Additional Chief Secretary,
forest and Environment Department, Government of Orissa on the directions of the
Supreme Court of India for protection of Chilika Lake and Bhitarkanika National Park.
The Bhitarkanika National Park is a designated RAMSAR convention wetland located
on the coast of Orissa. Over a period of time, illegal Bangladeshi immigrants have
intruded into the Bhitarkanika National park through sea route and have permanently
established themselves at the wetland.
They are carrying on illegal prawn culture activities by denuding mangrove forest
cover of Bhitarkanika National Park.They are involved in ganja trade, arms trade and
engaged in host of illegal activities, which is a threat to National Security .
On the basis of the directive of the High Court, the Ministry of Home affairs, in a
letter directed the state government to initiate the process after apprising the RGI
of the order of the court
Besides, the ministry has also asked the RGI to take necessary steps in this regard.
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