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Home minister says immigration system will be overhauled

  • Published at 07:06 pm June 9th, 2019
File photo of home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal responds to journalists’ query at Tejgaon in Dhaka on Sunday, May 5, 2019 Collected

The minister greeted reporters after Eid at the Secretariat

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said steps will be taken to overhaul the immigration system at all airports of the country, including Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

"There are allegations of harassment at the immigration. We act immediately when we receive any complaints. But now the immigration system will be overhauled," the minister said while greeting reporters after Eid at the Secretariat, reports UNB.

“Special Branch members have been carrying out duties at the immigration department, but the government has a plan to operate it with only immigration police. We will make a decision soon after further discussions," he said.

When asked about the Biman pilot who faced trouble abroad for not carrying his passport, the home minister said: "No seal is stamped on the passport of pilots. They have to submit a declaration slip at the immigration, but they must carry their passports with them."

Pilot Fazal Mahmud had completed all the necessary formalities but he forgot to carry the passport, the minister said, adding that a sub-inspector assigned to immigration has been suspended and another removed from his post.

Discussing the harassment of expatriates at immigration, the minister said: "Sometimes the expatriates from different countries, including Syria and Iraq, and with travel visas. It takes some time during verification as every person is scrutinized. This is not harassment."

Speaking about the arrest of a Bangladeshi by American police for militant link, the minister said, "The man who was arrested by US police apprehending his link to possible militant attack is not a Bangladeshi. He is an American citizen."