At least 28 people have died of various illness at detention camps in Assam, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed the House on Saturday.
Patowary, in a reply to a query by AGP MLA Utpal Dutta, said 28 people have died in the detention camps due to illness till November 21.
Twenty-five of them had their addresses in Assam while three – Basudev Biswas, Nagen Das and Dulal Miya — had their addresses in Bangladesh, the minister said.
The state government also said it has sent a proposal to the central government to set up more detention centres in the state.
At present, there are six detention centers in the state where 988 people are lodged. Of them, 957 were declared foreigners and 31 their children. Currently, 317 inmates are in Tezpur centre, 222 in Goalpara, 195 in Jorhat, 142 in Kokrajhar, 72 in Silchar and 40 in Dibrugarh, Patowary informed the assembly.
Meanwhile, the government has released 935 foreigners from the detention camps, he said.
Patowary also informed the House that Rs 4.74 crore have been spent on maintaining the six detention centres since the setting up of the first one in 2009-10.