At a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a petition on the extended incarceration of ‘declared foreigners’ in Assam’s six detention centres in the light of the uncertainty over their deportation, mainly to Bangladesh, Karnataka is in the process of setting up a detention centre for the containment of those taken into custody for being undocumented foreigners in the state.
When operational, the southern state would be the second after Assam to have such an exclusive arrangement to hold those declared foreigners by courts awaiting deportation.
Minister of state for home affairs, Nityanand Rai, confirmed it on July 2 in a written response to a pointed query by BJP Lok Sabha MP from the Bangalore Central constituency, P.C. Mohan, on whether the state of Karnataka was establishing any detention centre to hold ‘illegal immigrants’. He said that the state government “has informed (the Centre) that they are in the process of establishing a detention/holding centre”.…
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