GUWAHATI: At the time when the state and the entire northeastern region has been apprehending of a massive exodus of Bangladeshi nationals following the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), at least 89 Bangladeshi nationals were found to be in the prisons of Assam till the end of 2019.
CAA seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring countries including Bangladesh. The passing of CAA had sparked protests across the country including the northeast region where local groups believed that the new law would encourage Bangladeshi nationals to enter India seeking citizenship.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), at least 170 Bangladeshi nationals were lodging in the jails of northeastern states for various criminals charges. Most of them were put behind jails for illegally staying or entering the country without valid documents.
The NCRB records highlighted that amongst the northeastern states, the highest numbers of Bangladeshi prisoners were in Assam.
“In Assam, at least 89 Bangladeshi nationals were in prison till December 31, 2019. Out of them 50 were convicts and 39 were undertrials,” the NCRB latest records said.
Following Assam, Tripura has the highest numbers of Bangladeshi nationals in prisons. “In Tripura, there were 29 Bangladeshi convicts and 25 under trial prisoners,” the report added.
Besides, prisons in Maghalaya also were recorded with 10 Bangladeshi convicts along with 13 under trials.
All the three states of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura share their boundaries with Bangladesh.
Besides, there was one Bangladeshi convict and three under trials in Manipur too.
In India, at least 2513 Bangladeshi nationals were recorded to be in various prisons till the end of 2019. Out of them 1470 were convicts and 1943 were under trials.
The report said the percentage share of foreign prisoners, out of the total prisoners, has increased from 1.1% in 2018 to 1.2% in 2019.