Prime Minister Narendra Modi says no detention camp or NRC in government’s plan, criticized by opponents

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed in a rally that ‘urban naxals’ and Congress are spreading rumors about National Citizenship Registry (NRC) and the enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India on December 22, Sunday.

“Congress and its friends, some urban Naxals are spreading rumors that all Muslims will be sent to detention centers.Respect your education, read what the Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC are. You are educated,” Modi lashed out at his party’s mega rally, reported The Indian Express.

He also denied the fact that several detention centers are being built in India where the illegal citizens will be sent soon. Modi said, “Neither is there any detention center in India nor will any Indian Muslim be sent to it.”

He further said at a rally in Delhi is about giving rights to persecuted minorities from neighboring countries and does not snatch anybody’s rights. Launching a scathing attack on opposition parties like the Congress, AAP, TMC and the Left over their protests against the law, he said India had an opportunity to expose Pakistan over its discrimination against minorities but it was lost due to their politics.

But the Indian Prime Minister faced a lot of criticism after his false claim, reported Business Standard.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar expressed surprise at Modi’s comment, and said President Ram Nath Kovind had even talked about the government’s plan to implement the NRC across the country in his joint address to Parliament. “Now to say there was no discussion on this (NRC in the Cabinet) is not right,” Pawar said.

“I think the government has failed on every front. To divert attention of the public at large from such a situation, they are raising such issues and giving such speeches. Beyond that there is nothing in it,” Pawar said.

However, the following list of detention centers in India tell a different story.

Guwahati, Assam

India’s first detention camp is being set up about 150 kilometers west of Guwahati in Goalpara district’s Matia in Assam. The camp is said to be the size of seven football field and will be capable of holding almost 3000 detainees declared as foreigners by the government.

Nerul, Navi Mumbai

In September 2019, the central government had written to the Navi Mumbai planning authority to about the proposed detention center. The Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government had earlier identified a three-acre plot in Nerul to build the state’s first detention center. According to a report by Scroll, Amitabh Gupta, principal secretary, home department, said that the process to find land for detention camps had started in July after the center had issued a notice to all states.

Sondekoppa village, Bengaluru

Almost 30 kilometers from Bengaluru, in a village called Sondekoppa, the Karnataka government is readying the state’s first detention center. The facility is constructed in the shape of the alphabet ‘L’ and has seven rooms with a kitchen and bathrooms. The facility has almost 15 beds, reported The Indian Express.

Kolkata and Bongaon, West Bengal

The West Bengal Correctional Services Minister Ujjal Biswas informed PTI in November 2019 about the state government’s finalized land in Kolkata’s New Town area for the proposed detention center, reported the Quint.

 

 

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