One hundred and ninety five persons are currently lodged in the six detention centres in Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the state Assembly on Tuesday, PTI reported.
These centres are used to hold persons identified as foreigners and are awaiting deportation or repatriation, or persons waiting for their citizenship claims to be settled.
Assam currently has six detention centres for those who are found allegedly residing in the state illegally. These are located inside the district jails of Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Silchar.
On Tuesday, Sarma, who also holds the the home portfolio, said that 770 persons have been released on bail from the detention centres in accordance with orders by the Supreme Court.
“Out of those released, 778 are marking their presence by visiting local police stations every week while one person is absconding,” he said in a written reply, according to PTI.
In April 2020, the Supreme Court had ordered that persons who have been held at the detention centres in Assam for more than two years may be released on a personal bond and one surety.
A month before that, the Centre had said that there were 3,331 persons in six detention centres across Assam. Many of the detainees claim to be Indian citizens who were locked up because…