Shahabuddin's letter to Jaswant Singh

(The following letter dated 24 Jan., 2000 was written by Syed Shahabuddin, MP to external affairs minister, Shri Jaswant Singh with a copy to the PUCL)

In your reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 141 on 8/12/1999, you assured the House that citizens of India should not be deported only because they are suspected of being foreign nationals. 'That will not occur'. That is a very brave, a very humane, statement for which I compliment you. However, you may not to be aware that right here in the capital, the police make sudden forays into jhuggi clusters at night, lines up Bengali-speaking people by religion and take away the Muslims. They are kept in, what I could call, Concentration Camps till they are put on the train to Indo-Bengal border and then pushed back'. I wrote about this state of affairs to your colleague the Home Minister but received no reply.

May I also inform you that the Delhi Police has identified entire localities (roads, mohallas), as being inhabited by 'foreigners'.

It has been suggested that the cases of all those suspected by the Executive of being foreign nationals should be submitted to Tribunal under the IMDT Act and for the purpose, the Act should be notified for Delhi and a Tribunal established. I would request your support to this suggestion. May I also request you for a copy of the Procedure for Return of Persons approved in 1955 to which both India and Bangladesh adhere?

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