Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while addressing the State Assembly, informed that a total of twenty-two inmate children have been put up at three detention centres in Assam, along with nine mothers.
CM Sarma also added that the nine ‘convicted women foreigners’ with their 22 children have been put up in three detention centres in Kokrajhar, Silchar, and Tezpur. Of the twenty-two children, twenty are below 14 years of age, while two are above 14 years.
Adding more, the CM informed the house, “there are a total of six detention centres — Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Jorhat, Silchar, Dibrugarh, and Tezpur. Between them they have 181 detainees. Out of the 181 detainees, 61 are “declared foreign nationals,” while the remaining 120 were convicted by the court and are awaiting deportation after their terms of the sentence gets over.”
Meanwhile, in April 2020, 481 detainees had been released, based on the apex court’s separate orders and the Gauhati High Court.
Providing more information at the assembly, CM HBS also stated that 29 people have so far died in the detention centres due to various diseases.
The cases of the suspected foreigners are being dealt with under the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT), a quasi-judicial institute. The Foreigners’ Tribunal has disposed of 2,98,471 cases till April 30, 2021, out of which 1,39,900 were declared as foreigners, while 321 were deported.