Next step in deportation of Rohingya refugees: Minister of the Union

JAMMU: In stating that the Citizenship Law (Amendment) () was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir on the day it was approved by Parliament, the Union minister, Jitendra Singh, said Friday that the next government measure will refer to the deportation of refugees, since they will not be able to guarantee citizenship under the new law.

He demanded an investigation into how the Rohingyas arrived and settled in the northernmost belt of Jammu after passing through several states from West Bengal.

The CAA was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir the day it was approved (by Parliament). There is no 'yes' and 'buts', by implementation (of the CAA in Jammu and Kashmir), what would happen here is that the next move would be in relation to (the deportation) of the Rohingyas, Singh said in a function here.

The minister, who was addressing government officials in Jammu and Kashmir in a three-day training program on general fund rules here, said Jammu had a considerable population of Rohingyas.

What will be your deportation plan (of the Rohingyas)? The Center is worried about that. Ready will be prepared. Where necessary, biometric identity cards will be delivered, because the CAA does not influence Rohingyas, Singh said. .

They do not belong to the six (religious) minorities (who will be granted citizenship under the new law). They do not belong to any of the three (neighboring) countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan), he said, and added. that the Rohingyas arrived in the country from Myanmar and, therefore, would have to return.

More than 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and citizens of Bangladesh, are settled in the districts of Jammu and Samba, where their population increased by more than 6,000 between 2008 and 2016, according to government data.

The CAA has provoked protests across the country after Parliament approved it on December 11.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other social organizations have also demanded the repatriation of the Rohingyas in last .

Singh demanded an investigation into the circumstances that led the Rohingyas to travel such a long distance across several states from Bengal to the northernmost area of ​​Jammu and settle here.

It is up to researchers and analysts to know how they got so far from Bengal, traveling through several states. Who paid their tickets (to Jammu from Bengal), he said.

Singh wondered if there was a design or political motive behind the Rohingyas that settled in Jammu.