Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh government is reported to have become the first state of the country to enforce the disputed Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and is reported to have sent a list of the Hindu refugees staying in 19 districts of the state.
According to sources here on Monday, the state government has sent a list of largely Hindu refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh living across 19 districts in the state to the Union home ministry last week.
Sources also hinted that a list of around 40,000 non-Muslim illegal immigrants living in UP, mostly in the 19 districts of Agra, Rae Bareli, Saharanpur, Gorakhpur, Aligarh, Rampur, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur, Mathura, Kanpur, Pratapgarh, Varanasi, Amethi, Jhansi, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lucknow, Meerut and Pilibhit have been sent to the Centre.
"Out of these, Pilibhit has a chunk of around 30,000 to 35,000 immigrants," the sources said and the report containing the refugees' details and testimonies from a few from each district had been submitted to the home ministry and to the chief minister's office.
The list also includes personal account of such refuges and the ordeals faced by them during their troubled journey from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Last week, the state home department had asked all district magistrates to identify refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who had been living in their respective areas and submit a list to the government.