|ALL INDIA MUSLIM
Mushawarat Opposes Repeal of IMDT Act; Proposes Suitable Amendments and Application to all States
Burden of Proof must Lie on State, not on the Suspect
India and Bangladesh should Enter into Deportation Agreement
New Delhi, 12 May, 2003: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) strongly protests against the introduction of the Government Bill to repeal the Illegal Migrants
(Determination by Tribunals) Act, despite the opposition of the State Government, in keeping with the long-term plan of the BJP to force out Bengali-speaking Muslim citizens from Assam.
The AIMMM notes that though the issue is subjudice and pending before the Supreme Court, the Government has shown scant respect for the highest judicial authority by not waiting for its direction.
The AIMMM, however, appreciates the need to review the working of the Tribunal system and to amend the Act and the Rules framed thereunder to make the process of identification more efficient and productive. But it expresses its strong opposition to the onus of proof of citizenship being placed on the suspect who is normally identified by a political activist and demands that in accordance with normal jurisprudence, the executive should be required to prove the charge against the suspect to the satisfaction of the Tribunal and the complainant, who makes a frivolous or mischievous accusation, should be punishable.
The AIMMM suggests that without prejudice to their legal status all residents of border areas within 10 kms. of the international border should be issued Residence Cards so that later immigrants can be immediately identified and processed under the law.
The AIMMM also demands that the IM(DT)Act be notified into operation in all districts of other States, such as West Bengal, Bihar, Delhi and Maharashtra, which are said to have large concentrations of Bangladeshi immigrants.
The AIMMM also proposes that the Government should take all possible effective measures to control any inflow of illegal immigrants as well to enter into an agreement with the Bangladesh Government for the deportation of the Bangladeshi nationals who are found to be illegal immigrants in accordance with law".
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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