NCRB data on Bangladesh immigrant can help BJP in 2021 West Bengal assembly elections

According to the current West Bengal NCRB data, the highest percentage of foreign prisoners countrywide, both convicts 63% and undertrials 38.6%, were from Bangladesh

New Delhi: The largest number of foreign inmates in India are from Bangladesh and most of them caught and lodged in the prisons of West Bengal, according to the data compiled for 2017 by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

In the upcoming Assembly elections in West Bengal, these two facts put together could give ammunition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that is looking to dislodge the ruling Trinamool Congress party.

Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah have already claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be one of the big issues for his party ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections in the West Bengal.

The Current NCRB data, the highest percentage of foreign prisoners countrywide, both convicts 63% and undertrials 38.6%, were nationals of Bangladesh.

Present reports of West Bengal has the highest number of foreign-convicts in its jails and they make for nearly 61.9% of its total foreign convicts. Bengal also has the highest number of foreign-undertrial prisoners 25.6% lodged in its jails.

Another detail emerging out of the NCRB annual data for 2017 is that most numbers of Pakistani nationals are lodged in the jails of Gujarat the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The state of Gujarat has 59 Pakistani undertrial prisoners of a total of 101 overseas prisoners in the state. Jammu and Kashmir have the second-highest Pakistani national undertrials at 35, highlight the present NCRB data.

Already Amit Shah has clearly spoken on fighting elections in West Bengal on the issue of ‘illegal immigration’, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that there is no doubt of increasing support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and possibility of setting up detention camps similarly what happened in Assam and other states to accommodate infiltrators in West Bengal.

On Tuesday TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said “I would like to clarify that there is no question of implementation of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Bengal. Therefore, the construction of detention camps does not arise. The government of India has done in the state of Assam because it is presently ruled by the BJP. In Bengal, it’s the TMC government. We run the government. I would like to assure all that there is no question of NRC or detention camps here,”

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