GoI Tells JK Govt To Prevent Rohingyas Entry

NEW DELHI — The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday asked the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to again take all necessary steps to prevent the entry of illegal migrants into the state, including Rohingyas from Myanmar.

In a letter sent to State Chief Secretary Bharat Bhushan Vyas, Anuj Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, called on the state government to "kindly review this matter (of the entry of illegal migrants) and issue instructions to take necessary steps and share updated information in the prescribed form .. as soon as possible.."

In particular, the Home Ministry expressed its serious concern over Rohingyas and other foreigners who have already entered and are illegally staying in India, including in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The letter from the ministry said, "Such illegal migrations poses serious challenges and has security implications since some of the migrants have been found to have indulged in illegal activities and are vulnerable to radicalization."

It further states, "It has been brought to the notice of the Government that some of the Rohingyas/foreigners are involved in crimes, anti-national activities, money laundering, procuring fake/fabricated Indian documents; and some of them have illegally and fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents e.g. Pan Card, Voter Card, etc."

Most of these persons have entered India illegally, and many of them have taken (the) help of organised groups of touts and agents," the letter added.

The Home Ministry's letter said that five detailed steps/instructions have been issued to all states from time-to-time for taking action against those Rohingyas/foreigners who have entered and are staying in India illegally.

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