As many as 145 Indians deported from the US, mostly illegal immigrants and those who have violated visa norms, arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday morning by a special flight via Bangladesh.
The flight also has on board some South Asian nationals, including Bangladesh citizens, airport officials aware of the matter said.
Most of these Indians reportedly entered the US over past years with the help of local international agents who promised them thier entry into the country through illegal means, the officials said on condition of anonymity. Many of these Indians overstayed in the US in violation of visa norms.
“We have been informed the flight has some Bangladeshi and Sri Lanka nationals on board. A majority of these deportees are expected to be aged between 20-35. All of them have been given emergency certificates which allows them only one-way journey from the US to India,” said one of the officials.
The deportees were received at the terminal 3 (T3) of Delhi airport. “Their records will be maintained and some documentation will take place. We have seen in the past that such agents charge Rs 10-15 lakh for providing an indiviual entry into the US. Once they are here, we will also try to track down such agents functioning from India, the official said.
Since they are from different states, their concerned police will be informed if anything significant is found,” the official added.
On October 23, the US deported 117 Indians in a similar manner.