‘GoI Seeks Report On Rohingyas Settled In Jammu’

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NEW DELHI: Acting tough, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday sought report from Jammu and Kashmir Government on “illegal settlement” of Rohingyas and Burmese in Jammu region, an issue which is being raised by some right wing BJP politicians.

Reports said that during a high level security review meeting at North Block in New Delhi, Rajnath sought a detailed report from Jammu and Kashmir Government, where BJP is partner with the PDP, on the number of Rohingyas and Burmese nationals settled in Jammu, the time period from which they were living here, reasons for their settlement and all other related issues.

The Union Home Minister, who was holding first high level review of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir after over a month due to his busy campaigning in Uttar Pradesh elections, was “concerned over increase in number of illegal settlement of Rohingyas and Burmese nationals in Jammu region”.

Rajnath also had reviewed security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain apart from other top officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Intelligence agencies.

According to reports, the Union Home Minister has also sought from the State Government the steps being taken “to check any further flow of Rohingyas in Jammu and to ensure that they don’t fall into the hands of militants and anti-national elements”.

In response to BJP MLA Sat Sharma’s query in the Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had disclosed that there are 5743 Burmese residing in the State, where they had entered on their own and are staying at various places in the districts of Jammu and Samba.

The Government had named a number of NGOs, which have been funding stay of Rohingyas in Jammu and Samba districts.

The Government reply had said apart from 5,700 Rohingya Muslims, 322 other foreigners are presently living in Jammu and Samba districts. The reply had also stated that 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for various offences including those related to illegal border crossing, she added.

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