Rubel Jonu Sheikh, head of the BJP’s North Mumbai minority cell is arrested, the Mumbai police found that the 24 North Parganas address and school details in West Bengal furnished by him were fake. He had been living in Mumbai illegally since 2011 and had procured fake identity cards such as PAN and Aadhaar card with the help of his fake documents. He has also obtained Indian citizenship by using fake documents, and not only that he made his space in Indian politics by joining Bharatiya Janata Party. With his arrest, many illegal migrants left Mumbai and headed towards north India and Delhi.
Rubina Pasha, a migrant domestic worker said, “Many people from my basti are silently going to Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, as we fear arrest while cops are doing combing operation.”
Sheikh, in his documents, had claimed to be a resident of Malapota gram panchayat in West Bengal’s 24 North Parganas district, and his school’s name was shown as Bolganda Adarsh High School in Nadia district. However, when a team from Mumbai Police went to Malapota gram panchayat to inquire about him they found that panchayat does not have any resident named Rubel Jonu Sheikh. The verification of his documents at the Nadia district collector’s office revealed that the school-leaving certificate which Sheikh called his own was issued in the name of some other person.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh broke the news to the media stating that the office-bearer of the BJP is a Bangladeshi and had been staying in the country with fake documents. Taking a dig at the BJP, Deshmukh wondered how the party made him an office-bearer without checking his documents or verifying his credentials. Deshmukh had ordered an investigation into the matter.
In reply, BJP asked the MVA government to find out similar cases in the NCP, Congress. BJP vice president Chitra Wagh said her party would not defend any wrongdoing, if any, on the part of Shaikh but added the MVA government must show “similar enthusiasm” to find out similar cases in the NCP, Congress, and other parties. The 24-year-old Sheikh was arrested by Mumbai Police in a crackdown on illegal immigrants and was booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Passport Act, and the Foreigners Act.