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Jharkhand HC seeks state report on Bangladeshi infiltrators

Earlier in April this year, the High Court had queried whether the Central Government could take direct action under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) against Bangladeshi infiltrators in five districts of Santhal Pargana.

News Arena Network - Ranchi - UPDATED: July 3, 2024, 07:22 AM - 3 mins read

The Jharkhand High Court. File photo.

Jharkhand HC seeks state report on Bangladeshi infiltrators

The Jharkhand High Court. File photo.


The Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to prepare an action plan against Bangladeshi infiltrators and file a status report within two weeks.

 

Hearing a PIL on Wednesday, the division bench of Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad and Justice Arun Kumar Rai of the Jharkhand High Court directed the state government to instruct all the Deputy Commissioners of the Santhal Pargana region to prepare an action plan to identify infiltrators coming from Bangladesh and send them back with mutual coordination.

 

The High Court has instructed the state government to file a status report within two weeks through an affidavit.

 

Earlier in April this year, the High Court had queried whether the Central Government could take direct action under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) against Bangladeshi infiltrators in five districts of Santhal Pargana.

 

The PIL was filed by Daniel Danish, who stated in the petition that Bangladeshi intruders are entering Jharkhand from border areas like Jamtara, Pakur, Godda, Sahibganj, etc., adversely affecting the population in these districts.

 

Numerous madrasas are being established in these districts, and marital relations are forming with local tribal people.

 

The petitioner demanded that the Home Ministry of the Government of India file a report and explain how Bangladeshi intruders are entering Jharkhand from border areas and changing the area's demographics.

 

Politically, the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration in the Santhal Pargana area has been ongoing for some time.

 

Many senior leaders of the BJP have repeatedly raised this issue, alleging demographic changes in many districts of Santhal due to Bangladeshi infiltration.

 

The matter has also been raised in the Assembly multiple times. However, the government argues that no district of Jharkhand shares its border with Bangladesh. If infiltration is occurring, it is the responsibility of the central government to stop it.

 

On June 30, on the occasion of Hul Diwas, State BJP President Cexpressed concern over the rapidly declining tribal population. He mentioned that the tribal population in 1951 was 44.69%, decreasing to 28.11% in 2011.

 

During this period, the Muslim population increased from 9.44% to 22.73%, while the population of other communities increased from 43% to 49%.

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