Former councillor held for issuing residence  certificate to Bangladeshi nationals

Port Blair

A former councillor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been arrested for allegedly issuing residence certificate to Bangla­deshi nationals which helped them to acquire voter card and other Indian documents, police said.

Bangladeshi national Nayan Sarkar and his family were staying in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands illegally as their visa had expired, the police said.

Ex-councillor Sanjay Meshack had issued residence certificates to Nayan Sarkar, his brother and parents. The residence certificates helped them to get voter card, pan card, Aadhaar card.

Sarkar was arrested by police for illegally staying in India without valid documents and Meshack was arrested for allegedly issuing residence certificate to Sarkar and his family members.

Further investigation into the matter is on, they said.

The police requested the general public to be eyes and ears of the police and report about any Bangladeshi illegally staying in the islands.

The name of the informer will be kept secret. One can contact on Phone No 233307, 232586, 100, and 9474290250 or by email at

Cooperation of general public is very vital to weed out the illegal immigrants from the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a release said.

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