Assam asks for deportation pact

Wednesday 19th August 2015 06:18 EDT

The All Assam Students' Union has asked the Centre to sign a deportation pact with neighbouring Bangladesh, when the historic Assam Accord, signed 30 years before has hardly proved helpful.

“Nearly 73,000 persons have been declared by tribunals and courts as foreigners who had illegally entered Assam from Bangladesh in the past 30 years. Yet not even one has been actually sent back primarily because there is no bilateral repatriation treaty between India and the other country,” said AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath.

The resolutions passed by the union not only asked to sign a treaty, but also reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi the promises he had made during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Modi had said that Bangladeshi migrants would have to pack up immediately after the BJP formed the government. “More than a year has passed but nothing has happened,” said the union's chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya.

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