Over 12,000 cases in Foreigners Tribunals in Assam: Govt

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NEW DELHI, Feb 4 (AGENCIES): Over 12,000 cases were transferred to the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam for determination of the status of suspected illegal immigrants, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said a total of 1,381 people were currently in detention centres, also called holding centres, in Assam.

As per the information furnished by the Assam government, number of cases referred to the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam during last three years: in 2017 — 9,457 cases, in 2018 — 2,051 cases and in 2019 (up to November) — 599 cases, he said replying to a written question.

The minister said as per the information received from the Assam government, the number of detenues kept in holding centre (erstwhile detention centre) in the last three years, after declaration as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal are: Goalpara — 209 people; Kokrajhar — 105; Silchar — 79; Tezpur — 661; Jorhat — 286; Dibrugarh — 41.

A total of 761 detenues were also released from the detention centres in last three years, he said.

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