The Centre has asked all states to ensure that the police or intelligence agencies monitor the activities of illegal migrants, including Rohingyas, and restrict them to specified locations.
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Anuj Sharm, in a letter sent to J&K Chief Secretary Bharat Bhushan Vyas along with other state governments urged them to “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,” as reported by news agency ANI.
The home ministry in a letter to the chief secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir government says:-
Expressing concern over Rohingyas and other foreign nationals who are illegally staying in India, the letter says such illegal migration 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”.
Involvement in crimes
“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,” the letter read. “Most of these persons have entered India illegally, and many of them have taken help of organised groups of touts and agents.”
The refugees pose “serious challenges” and security concerns as some of them engage in illegal activities and are “vulnerable to radicalisation”, the ministry told the states.
This indicates the government’s intent to prevent a wider diffusion of Rohingya in India beyond the camps, and the Centre’s concern over possible presence of radical elements among them and their involvement in crime.
The letter also lists out the instructions that have been frequently issued to state governments on the issue. These were as follows:
1. Restrict them to specified identified locations and their activities/movements be strictly watched by State Police/Intelligence Agencies.
2. Each one of them must be identified, personal particulars (name, date of birth, sex, place of birth, father/mother names, address in Myanmar/some other country, nationality, etc. may be captured and got signed by such illegal migrant/their guardian.
3. Biometrics of illegal migrants, including Rohingyas be captured to ensure unique identification/de-duplication and to prevent impersonation in future. FRO must coordinate with UIDAI to ensure that no Aadhar Card other documents are issued to Rohingya immigrants, which may later help them in claiming to be Indian citizens.
4. The Centre also said identity documents of Rohingyas should be shared with Myanmar for verification The personal particular forms/identity documents of such Rohingyas/foreigners to be shared with the Government of Myanmar through MEA for their nationality verification, issue of travel documents and repatriation to Myanmar.
5. Keep a watch on their movement and activities and ensure action for their repatriation/deportation as per Law/Policy/Instructions.
Who are the Rohingya?
The Rohingya are one of the many ethnic minorities in the country. Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state. They say they are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations. But the government of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, denies the Rohingya citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census.
Currently, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims are living in India
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