Posted on December 26, 2019, 2:49 PM IST
In the ongoing tussle between the people vs the government regarding CAB and NRC, PM Modi had mentioned that there are no such detention centers being built for illegal immigrants. Refuting this statement Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pointed to the existence of a detention centre in Matia, Assam, to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying about the construction of such buildings.
Media, too, has recently visited the Matia detention centre, located in Goalpara district, and found that nearly two-thirds of the construction had been completed. Work had long began in December 2018.
During the weekend, PM Modi while clearing the air about NRC, had said there had been no talks on a pan-India NRC a citizenship verification drive that has so far been implemented only in Assam and verbally attacked the Congress and others of spreading the rumour that Muslims would be sent to detention centres.
"The RSS's prime minister is lying to Bharat Mata," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet on Thursday along with the detention center video.
Government sources have since said the centres had nothing to do with the NRC, but were meant for people violating the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act who are housed there after due process, and then deported.
The BJP's IT cell head, Amit Malviya, hit back at Rahul Gandhi, tweeting a Home Ministry press release from 2011 saying the Assam government (the Congress was in power both at the Centre and in the state at the time) had set up three detention camps at Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Silchar and that over 360 illegal immigrants had been sent to these centres.
"Just because India has rejected you repeatedly, are you hell bent on destroying it with your politics of hate and fear mongering?" Malviya asked.
The Matia detention centre is being built at a cost of over Rs 46 crore; it will have the capacity to hold 3,000 detainees.
The 15 four-storey buildings will comprise of 13 for men and two for women. In 2018, the Home Ministry had sanctioned an amount of Rs 46.41 crore to construct the compound, which is spread over 28,800 sq ft of land, and is located 129 km from Guwahati, Assam's largest city.