A group of activists from Delhi, who tried to visit a detention camp in Goalpara district, was detained and then sent back by Assam Police on February 28th, 2020. They
The group of 17 activists, travelling by a bus, was intercepted at Srirampur check gate on Assam-West Bengal border in Kokrajhar district of Assam.
The activists had come under the banner of ‘Samvidhan Bachao, Nagarikta Bachao, Bharat Banao Yatra’ and they wanted to visit the detention camp for illegal immigrants being built at Matia in Goalpara.
The activists were members of Socialist Party India, National Alliance of People’s Movement Khudai Khidmatgaar and Justice Forum Assam. Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey was also part of the group.
Kokrajhar district authorities had prior information about the team’s visit. Hence, section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in Kokrajhar and accordingly a large posse of security personnel was deployed at the Assam-Bengal border.
The detention centre in Matia can house 3,000 people in it at once. This will be India’s first exclusive detention centre. Currently, detainees are kept in detention centres run by district jails.
The size of the detention centre is similar to sizes of seven soccer fields. It is built over an area of 2.5 hectares. The centre will be 15 four-storey buildings which will have a hospital, common kitchen, a large auditorium and 180 washrooms and toilets.