**Kendrapara:** The district administration has started disenfranchising names of suspected Bangladeshi immigrants from the electoral list during the Election Commission’s revision of voters’ list ahead of the state Assembly elections next year, official informed on Sunday.
District Collector Dasarathi Satpathy informed that the coastal district has 1649 Bangladeshi settlers, while Mahakalpada tehsil alone houses 1551 of them. So far, 137 Bangladeshis have been detected in the voters list in Mahakalpada tehsil after thorough verification of their origin. The voters list revision process will continue till September 27.
As many as 3987 Bangladeshis have been staying across Odisha illegally. Of them, 1649 are in Kendrapara district followed by 1112 in Paradip and Jagatsinghpur, officials said.
Reportedly in 2005, the 1551 foreign nationals from 362 families living in Mahakalpada Tehsil of Kendrapara were served deportation notice. However, the move had been kept on hold following Union Government’s intervention.
According to reports, officials have been asked to intensify vigil on infiltration. A panel comprising of revenue, police and forest officials have been working in cohesion in infiltration-affected Mahakalpada and Rajnagar tehsils, officials said.
Notably on July, 40.07 lakh people were left out in the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) drive carried out in Assam. In a press conference in Hyderabad yesterday, BJP national president Amit Shah said that the party was committed to completing the NRC in Assam and other states.
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