In an instinctive reaction, some apartments in Bengaluru prohibit Bangladeshi workers

BENGALURU: In what appears to be an instinctive reaction to the latest police repression against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, several apartment complexes in the city's technology corridors, Whitefield, Marathahalli and Electronics City, have ordered the recruitment agencies not to send maids who speak Bengali. , security guards or other workers.

The inability to distinguish between the people of West Bengal and Bangladesh, who speak different variants of Bengali, is at the root of the blanket bar, say the Bengalis in the city, who, to their disgust, have found themselves at the end of a wrong stick

The residents of these complexes say that their apartment associations have instructed them to avoid legal disputes by not employing Bengali-speaking people. TOI discovered that many residents have even sent emails to recruitment agencies, BBMP and the city police commissioner about people who believe they are migrant workers from Bangladesh.

The president of our department asked us not to hire Bengali workers because it puts the community at risk, said Debayani Basu, a resident of the Rohan Vasantha apartments in Munnekolala, Marathahalli. We discussed the topic at a meeting on Sunday.

Basu, a Bengali, said: The language is very similar and we cannot even easily distinguish a Bengali from a Bangladeshi

Prabhu Patil, president, Rohan Vasantha, an apartment association in Marathahalli, said many Bengali families in the complex have hired maids from Bangladesh.

We have asked them to immediately gather all the documents of these workers, including their Aadhaar cards, voter identification cards and other personal information, he said. “We have identified around 100 Bengali-speaking domestic workers. Tomorrow we will hold a meeting with the Bengali association of our apartment complex and interact with these workers.

Prathiba Kumari, a Whitefield resident, said members of his apartment association have sent an email to residents asking the agency to take care of the maids stop sending people who speak Bengali.

For the past two weeks, we have been using the services of workers from northern Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh, Kumari said. These people speak broken Kannada, a mixture of Tamil and Kannada or Telugu and Kannada.

Vishnu Prasad, a resident of Bellandur, like many other citizens, says the government should have a mechanism to prevent Bangladeshi citizens from coming to the city illegally because citizens cannot distinguish between Bengali and Bangladeshi.

Muralidhar Rao, president of the Bangalore Apartments Federation, said the federation had not issued any instructions to apartment associations on the issue, which will likely affect hundreds of migrant workers, including several from West Bengal.

We are not aware of the situation, he said. “Some apartments may have done this. Each department can make a decision on its own regarding the repression of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. ”