Union home minister Amit Shah. Photo: Kamal Kishore/PTI

New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah has asked top intelligence officials to detect, detain and deport “illegal migrants” in each state, and continue with the targeted crackdown even if the neighbouring countries do not accept them, the Hindu reported.

n a meeting with the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureaus (SIBs) of all states on November 9, Shah tasked the officials to identify around 100 “infiltrators” in each state, check their documents, and arrest them if possible, sources told the newspaper.

However, this is not the first time Shah has flagged an influx of “illegal migrants”, or “infiltrators”, in the country.

In 2018, he had said that the National Democratic Alliance government had begun the process of identifying “infiltrators” and removing them from the voters’ list.

Then, even after over 1.9 million people were left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in 2019, he said that the exercise will be carried out across the country.

NRC is an official record of those who are legal Indian citizens. Such a database has been maintained only in the state of Assam.

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