Inside our train to Howrah, we discovered that the 59 being escorted by the police were not the only undocumented Bangladeshis with us. The unreserved compartments of the Howrah Express were also crowded with Bangladeshis workers who were heading to the border.
The article is the second of a three-part series on the deportation of undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants to their country of origin. It recalls The Federal’s interaction with migrants who escaped the raids and are missing ever since.
After a month-long ordeal of being herded from one place to another, a few of the 59 Bangladeshi ragpickers who were detained in raids on October 26 in Bengaluru, have finally made it home. But not the way the police promised them.
The Bengaluru police’s operation to deport 59 undocumented Bangladeshis through the West Bengal-Bangladesh border has turned into a grand fiasco.The case has not only exposed the lack of coordination between various central and state agencies but also raised fears about the safety of the detainees.
The undocumented Bangladeshi waste pickers, who were nabbed in police raids across Bengaluru on October 26, have finally been put on a train to Kolkata from where they will be taken to the border and deported.