TDN World Desk: At least 28 inmates of detention camps in Assam have died for various reasons in the past three years. Replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that from 2016 to October 13, 2019, 28 detenues had died either in detention centres or in hospitals where they were referred.
It also said there were close to 1,000 people lodged in these detention centres after being found to be illegal immigrants.
“As informed by the government of Assam, as on November 22, 2019, 988 foreigners were lodged in six detention centres in Assam,” said Rai.
According to the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights group, about 100 people have died because of various reasons. Some died in detention centres, others committed suicide. CJP has been tracking these deaths since 2011, reported The Telegraph.
Harsh Mander, former National Advisory Council member, who visited the detention camps in Assam as an NHRC special monitor in January 2018, while accountng about the distressing environment in the camps said, ”All this creates an environment of intense, permanent sadness. It is elementary knowledge that physical health is closely related to mental health.”
“It was like everyone was in mourning. When I visited, after the women realised there is someone who is there to listen to them, there was a mass mourning, they started wailing,” he added.
The condition of detention centres has been a matter of debate since the NRC was implemented in Assam. As many as two million people have been out of the NRC. It is expected that after their appeals are rejected in Foreigner’s Tribunals and other legal avenues, they would be lodged in these detention centres.