Navi Mumbai to have Maharashtra's first detention centre for illegal immigrants: Report

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In July, the Union government had sent instructions to all state governments to set up detention centres in all major cities.

The Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government has identified land to build the state’s first detention centre for illegal immigrants, Mumbai Mirror reported on Saturday.

The home department last week reportedly wrote to the City and Industrial Development Corporation, which is the planning authority for Navi Mumbai, and sought a three-acre plot in Nerul for the detention centre.

This came days after more than 19 lakh people out of 3.3 crore were left out of the final list of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens. The number of people left out in the state’s updated citizens’ database comprise around 6% of Assam’s entire population. They will now have to appeal against the decision in foreigners’ tribunals and are at the risk of being sent to detention centres.

The exact location of the proposed dentention centre is not known yet, but the newspaper reported that the plot was recently used by a non-governmental organisation.

Amitabh Gupta, principal secretary, home department, said the process to find land had begun in July, after the Union government sent instructions to all state governments in connection with this.

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Scroll.in, 7 September, 2019, https://scroll.in/latest/936556/navi-mumbai-to-have-maharashtras-first-detention-centre-for-illegal-immigrants-report?fbclid=IwAR2Phm5LhVjZss4MkMvxco9W1lhXd-0i6I5fJdXHr8P

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