While it costs just Rs1,000 for an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant to enter India by paying touts, the state government has to spend four times more to deport him/her back. From 2011 to May this year, the state government has spent Rs50 lakh to deport 1,230 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
Police sources said every time an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant is arrested, as per government norms, he is paid various daily allowances for food, tea and stationary. These expenses, say the sources, are apart from the expenses borne to deport the immigrant.
"After an immigrant comes out of jail, we take his/her custody, as a restriction order is issued against him/her, and initiate the deportation process. We communicate with the border security forces and tell them the number of immigrants to be deported back to Bangladesh. The border security forces then give us a date on which the immigrants will be deported," said an officer with the special branch of city police.
A majority of expenses incurred in deporting are while sending the immigrant/s with an escort team. "For each immigrant, there have to be at least three policemen. The immigrant/s is/are escorted via train to West Bengal and the ticket charges comprise most of the deportation amount. On reaching Kolkata, they are taken to four border areas which fall in Nadia, Kalyani and Krishna Nagar districts," said senior inspector Pravin Gosavi.
Police sources said interrogation of most illegal immigrants has revealed that they enter India by bribing security agencies and paying touts. "It costs approximately Rs1,000 for an immigrant to enter India.
Because they live in poverty with no employment opportunities, they come to India illegally in search of jobs and settle here. It is nothing but a waste of government money. If the borders are properly manned, immigrants will not infiltrate our territory," said another officer.