The State Home Department has given its nod to setting up of the first ever full-fledged foreigners’ detention centre in the State. This will be the biggest foreigners’ detention centre in the entire country and the estimate for funds is expected to be placed before the Union Government soon.
Informing to the media, DGP Assam Mukesh Sahay said, ‘We are coming up with this full fledged detention centre as per the Supreme Court directive. It says that once a person has been declared as a refugee he needs to be deported through a proper channel. Since this involves the Home Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry, it will take time. Till that time, we need to house them in a place which is not a jail, so detention centers are needed.’
Although the State has at present six detention camps, however these are functioning on a makeshift basis and that too inside jail premises. The need for finding separate camps for the declared foreigners was felt as most of the jails are overcrowded. The Home Department has asked the office of the Additional Director General of Police (Border) to prepare a detailed project report in this connection. The State Government has already allotted 20 bighas of land in Dakurbhita area in Goalpara district for the first ever detention camp for declared foreigners.
According to sources, with the increase in the number of Foreigners’ Tribunals from 36 to 100 in the State, more and more illegal migrants are expected to be detected, necessitating better arrangements. The detention camps are located within the jail premises of Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Tezpur. The detention centre will soon be ready and it will house refugees mostly from the bordering areas.