India must deport illegal migrants: Sant Samiti

India must deport illegal migrants: Sant Samiti

Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya at the two-day 'Dharmadesh' meeting of the Hindu seers at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

Hindu seers on Sunday made a strong pitch for making a national register of citizens (NRC) in all the states to identify illegal migrants from Bangladesh, and deport them to their country.

At a conference organised under the aegis of the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti (ABSS), they also demanded for identification and deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country.

India must hold fresh talks with Bangladesh and force the neighbouring country to accept all illegal Bangladeshi migrants identified in Assam and other states, they said.

“Force Bangladesh to accept those identified as illegal Bangladeshi migrants in India by holding talks with the neighbouring country,” they demanded, issuing a dhramadesh (commandment) at a conference here on Sunday.

It also called upon people to “assist” the government in identifying illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Rohingya Muslims in the country.

“Like Assam, immediately start a nation-wide move to create a national register of citizens to identify those who have illegally migrated into India since 1947,” they sought in their 'dharmadesh.'

The seers also called for bringing a stringent law to deal with cases of illegal migration in the country “with an iron hand.”

“India still does not have an anti-illegal migration law. The Government of India should enact a stringent anti-illegal migration law with provisions for tough action against illegal migrants and those giving them shelter and jobs,” they demanded.

This anti-illegal migration law should also have provisions to take “strictest actions” against government officials “who issue fake certificates to illegal migrants,” they said.

They also demanded that the government start hi-tech fencing of the country's international borders to stop illegal migration from the neighbouring countries.

They suggested the government make a national policy for giving refugee status and rehabilitation to “Hindus and other minorities,” who come to India after facing religious persecution in the neighbouring countries.

Jagatguru Hansdevacharya, the patron of the ABSS, read out the 'dhramdesh' at the concluding ceremony of the meet.