*Mumbai: BJP government plans another step against Indian Muslims as detention centres are going to open in India for illegal Muslim immigrants.*
The Maharashtra Home Ministry has reportedly written to the Navi Mumbai planning authority asking for land on which to build a detention centre for illegal immigrants. The news, confirmed by sources within the authority, comes less than a fortnight after the final NRC list in Assam declared 19 lakh people as foreigners and raises the possibility of a similar exercise in the country's second most populous state.
According to sources within the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra, they have received a letter seeking a two-to-three-acre plot in Nerul, a residential and commercial neighbourhood in Navi Mumbai that is approximately 20 kilometres from Mumbai.
The ministry has denied sending any such letter but, according to guidelines issued by the centre earlier this year, all major immigration points in the country are required to build detention centres.
News that such a centre may be built in Maharashtra comes as the state prepares for Assembly elections in the next few months, with the Shiv Sena claiming there are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living and working in Mumbai.