KOLKATA, 21 JUNE: The state government has urged the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to send a detailed information about the 50 people, who had been detained in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) for not possessing adequate documents, so as to verify their Indian nationality.
These people are among the 20 lakh who were recently detained by the UAE for residing in the country without possessing valid documents. They claim to be Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Among the Indians, there are 50 who claim to be hailing from five districts of Bengal, namely Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah.
Soon after the detention, the UAE Embassy informed the Indian Embassy of the matter which was then forwarded through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to the MHA. A similar effort was taken for Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The MHA has, in turn, written to the respective state governments inquiring as to whether these people are Indians. Among the other states, Kerala has the maximum number of 300 people who have been detained.
The ministry has urged the states to respond within the first week of July so that the UAE embassy can be approached, following which the latter will decide on arresting these people. Following the MHA’s letter, the state government wrote to the superintendents of the respective five districts two days ago inquiring about the nationality of these 50 people.
However, since the letter that has been written to the Bengal government includes only the list of names and districts of these people, officials feel that the information is inadequate. It is difficult to find out whether he/she hails from that particular district simply by knowing the person’s name. "We need the exact address and other details of these persons," an officer said.
It has come to light that in some cases their visas lapsed while in other cases they had landed in the country with tourist visas but are currently employed without possessing any working visa. In few cases, their passports have also expired, said an official.