Jammu: Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries today threatened violence against Muslim Rohingya refugees, camping in Jammu and gave them a month to leave Jammu.
”We warn the state and the Union Government that Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals should be deported within one month and the people on whose land these foreigners have settled be booked under Public Safety Act,” Rakesh Gupta, President CCI Jammu, told reporters here this afternoon.
He said that if the dispensations are not able to take this step, the Chamber shall have no option but to initiate violence against the Rohingya community who have fled persecution in Myanmar.
“The Chamber feels that it shall be no offence to deal with such criminals and drug traffickers who have illegally crossed into the state and it is high time that the people at large should also shoulder and share responsibility of the security forces and deal with them as the situation demands,” said the Chamber chief.
Terming these nationals as growing threat perception and criminals and drug traffickers, disowned by their own country, Gupta added,” CCI was the first to demand their deportation from the State of J&K as the Chamber is committed to protect the interests of the people at large in the state as a part of social corporate responsibility.”
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir is neither signatory to any United Nations treaty nor Article 370 allows illegal foreign settlers any permanent settlement in the state.
”We do not want to enter into political issues that who settled them but those who did, need to be identified and booked,’ Gupta said.
Gupta even accused Rohingayas and Bangladeshi nationals living here as a major threat to national security as according to him, they can conduct recce and pass on information to their operatives across the border.
”Political will is required and they have to be deported from the state,” said Mr Gupta, adding that the Chamber appeals to the citizens of the state to support them in a cause for the welfare of J&K.
”We have to protect Article 370. Chamber has to focus on so many issues of the traders, earlier it was All India Institute of Medical Sciences issue and wherever we feel that Jammu needs Chamber’s participation, we always stood by it,” he asserted.
”As per official reports a population of 4,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis have settled in Jammu and Kashmir but as per intelligence inputs, the figure is around 6,000,” he added and said that estimates available with the Chamber reveal that around one lakh population of these elements is settled in every nook and corner of the state.
”Migration within the state is not a demographic change but it is only when outsiders settle here,” he added and said that even the security agencies have no record of Rohingyas, so threat perception is more.”
”We have full faith in judiciary but the issue required to be paced up following which Chamber decided to give ultimatum to the government.’
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