Belagavi: Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara on Wednesday confirmed that that the government has identified 177 illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas and that they would be deported soon. He also said that a special task force has been formed to coordinate with Bengaluru district administration and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner to source details of tin sheds in Marathalli, Sarjapura, Munnekolalu, Bellanduru, Whitefield and Kadubeesanahalli.

Parameshwara said this in the Belagavi Assembly during the winter session while addressing a question on national security threat following the arrest of two persons from Ramanagara for allegedly plotting to kill Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya blast.

"Biometric details of 108 Rohingyas have been sent to initiate the reporting process and soon others will be identified," Parameshwara replied in the Belagavi session.

He also agreed on that fact that for the last five years, these illegal immigrants have been entering Karnataka.

However,  BJP MLA Ashwath Narayan lashed out against Parameshwara claiming that the deputy chief minister is not serious about national security and that he is deliberately downplaying the numbers to impress some sections in the society.

Narayan observed that the issue of illegal Bangladeshi and Rohingyas entering Bengaluru and spreading across Karnataka is not now new. BJP, time and again, complained, but Congress then and the coalition in Karnataka now never took the issue seriously, he added.  

Parameshwara ridiculed BJP whenever it gave proof and complained.  Three months ago, when the National Investigation Agency arrested two persons from Ramanagara, who allegedly planned to attack and kill Tibetan leader in exile Dalai Lama, Parameshwara replied arrogantly, alleged the BJP leader.

"Now, there is news that chief minister's wife, Anitha Kumaraswamy is facing security threats and the government is planning to give security cover. If they also show seriousness towards national security, we can prevent danger,"  said Ashwath Narayan.