Death Toll in Assam Detention Camp Reaches 29 As Another Man Dies

The man had been in a detention camp in Goalpara in lower Assam since July 2017. 

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Detention camp in Assam

A man lodged in Assam’s detention centre for illegal migrants died at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Goalpara on Friday, 3 January. According to a report by the Indian Express, “The man was admitted to the hospital after he fell ill 10 days ago.”

The man was admitted to a hospital on 11 October. He was later referred to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where he died during treatment. “Phalu Das, 70, a resident of Satemari near Mukalmuwa of Nalbari district, had been in a detention camp in Goalpara in lower Assam since July 2017,” reported NDTV.

On 27 November 2019, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha that as many as 28 persons had died in detention centres set up in Assam or the hospitals they were referred to between 2016 beginning and 10 October 2019. With the death of Phalu Das, the tally has now reached 29.

A report by NDTV also says that the state government has formed a special review committee headed by DIG (Border). The Committee will visit all detention centres in the state and review the legal aid and health status of each detainee.

This comes up as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and a nationwide NRC are gaining ground across the country.

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