BELAGAVI: In the wake of BJP members expressing apprehensions over the increase in the number of Bangladeshi immigrants across the state, Home Minister G Parameshwara said the government is committed to identifying and deporting illegal immigrants.
Replying to BJP MLA Sunil Kumar on measures taken to deport Bangladeshi immigrants in Assembly on Tuesday,
Parameshwara said police have identified 283 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants including 197 in Bengaluru and 25 in Mysuru. Fifty people have already been deported, he added.
About 53 cases are pending before courts and eight cases are under investigation to ascertain if the immigrants are involved in crime, he said.
However, Sunil Kumar
disputed the numbers and charged that lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are based in Bengaluru and across the state. He said many of them have even managed to get ration cards, ID proof and some have even managed to get benefits under housing schemes.
BJP MLA K G Bopaiah said that more than five lakh Bangladeshi nationals are residing in Karnataka and about one lakh are working in coffee estates of Kodagu district.