I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
3,837 B’DESHI IMMIGRANTS STAYING IN ODISHA Thursday, 26 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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3,837 B’DESHI IMMIGRANTS STAYING IN ODISHA
Thursday, 26 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
The number of Bangladeshi immigrants rose to 3,837 in the State as per the official record, whereas the number of illegal immigrants is more.
The costal districts, especially Bhadrak, have turned the domicile for the Bangladeshi immigrants. After entering the State via sea route, they are making the areas of the coastal districts as their new address.
According to official record, 313 Bangladeshi immigrants have been identified in Bhadrak district, while the number is 1,112 in Jagatsinghpur and 1,649 in Kendrapada district. Non-officially, the number might be double, sources said.
After arriving in the State and staying with their relatives, the illegal immigrants are getting the benefits under several schemes by availing the voter Id and ration card with help of the local leaders and subordinate Government employees.
The local leaders are allegedly helping them for vote bank. After making their position strong in the coastal districts, they are moving to other locations of the State.
As per the official data, there are only two Bangladeshi immigrants in Bargarh district, while the number is 655 in Malkangiri and 106 in Nabarangpur district.
Recently, a Bangladeshi youth was arrested on charges of attempting to obtain passport from regional passport office submitting fake documents. The root was found to have been extended to other districts after the arrest.
While investigation is underway to unearth more details about the immigrant’s identity and his attempt to get passport from Odisha, this has become a matter of concern for the Government in view of the security.
While the Government was claiming the highest number of immigrants from the neighbouring country to be staying in Kendrapada district, the Al-Qaeda terrorist Abdul Raheman’s Kendrapada link came to fore during the probe by police.
Following the incident, the security forces have been more alert over the issue. Not only in the coastal districts, but also the immigrants are allegedly involved in several businesses in the State capital.