The report prepared by the state government – “Uttar Pradesh Mein Aaye Pakistan, Afghanistan Aevam Bangladesh ke Sharnarthiyon ki Aapbeeti Kahani” – also details the personal stories of the refugees.
Last week the 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. On compilation of the data it emerged that around 40,000 non-Muslim illegal immigrants live 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.
Out of these, Pilibhit has a chunk of around 30,000 to 35,000 immigrants. Government sources said 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 testimonies of various families in the report reveal the circumstances in which the families had to move to India, largely from Pakistan and Bangladesh.