Odisha's Kendrapara district begins striking off Bangladeshis from voters' list; process to go on till 27 September

As many as 3,987 Bangladeshis have been staying in Odisha illegally. Of them, 1,649 have been staying in coastal Kendrapara district, followed by 1,112 in Paradip and Jagatsinghpur, officials said.

Press Trust of India September 16, 2018 18:27:16 IST
Odisha's Kendrapara district begins striking off Bangladeshis from voters' list; process to go on till 27 September

Kendrapara: With the Election Commission revising voters' lists, the district administration in Odisha's Kendrapara has started disenfranchising suspected Bangladeshis whose names figured in the list of electorates, officials said on Sunday.

Odishas Kendrapara district begins striking off Bangladeshis from voters list process to go on till 27 September

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The coastal district has 1,649 Bangladeshi settlers. Mahakalpada tehsil alone houses 1,551 of them. So far, 137 Bangladeshis have been detected in the voters list in Mahakalpada tehsil. After thorough verification of their nativity antecedents, these foreign nationals have been removed from voters list, said Kendrapara district collector, Dasarathi Satpathy.

The voters list revision process will continue till 27 September. The officials engaged in the exercise have been asked to ensure that none of these foreign nationals in Odisha find place in the final voters list, Satpathy said.

Of the 3,987 infiltrators, 1,551 foreign nationals from 362 families living in Mahakalpada tehsil of Kendrapara district in Odisha were served deportation notices in 2005. However, the deportation move has been kept on hold after intervention by the then Union government.

In an attempt to curb influx of illegal immigrants, committees comprising revenue, police and forest officials have been formed to intensify vigil on infiltration. These panels have been working in cohesion in infiltration-affected Maakalpada and Rajnagar tehsils, they said.

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