PANAJI: Stating that issuing passports to Bangladesh nationals in Goa could pose threat to national security, Goa Congress leader & CWC permanent Invitee Girish Chodankar has demanded thorough probe into the the intrusion of five Bangladeshi and issuance of Indian Passports to three Bangladesh nationals from the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Panaji.
Following the case of five Bangladeshis, who illegally entered India through Siliguri in West Bengal, and later arrested by the Pune police for illegally obtaining Indian Passports from Goa, Chodankar raised the question how do they get police clearance.
He expressed shock about how they intruded in the indian territory and earned living without any local documents. “This has proved that intelligence agencies and border security forces failed to keep check on illegal entry of Bangladeshis in India. This further proves that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also failed to put efforts to protect our borders,” Chodankar said.
He said that with this expoaure fake love of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah has been exposed. “Foreign affairs ministry also stands exposed because of this issue. Had this happened during congress rule then BJP in opposition would have made this issue of nationalism to target us. Today they are mum over the issue which is linked to our security,” Chodankar said.
“It is strange to know that these Bangladeshi nationals got passports from Goa and that too after getting police clearances. Citizens of Goa have to go through cumbersome processes while seeking a passport, but those who are not residents of the state got the passport,” Chodankar said.
“Chief Minister Pramod Sawant should take action on those responsible for lapse the process and those who issued police clearance to foreign nationals. How can they get the passport without having proper documents,” he said.
“Goa Home Minister should not take this issue lightly. Sawant has failed to maintain law and order and also to run the home department properly,” Chodankar said.
Chodankar strongly demanded to probe by National Advisory Council & fix responsibility and ensure such incidents are not repeated. “Since it is a national security issue the state government also must investigate thoroughly and book those responsible,” he said.