Deportation of Rohingyas next: Union Minister

Jitendra Singh says they will have to leave India; details being worked out

By   |  Published: 4th Jan 2020  10:04 pm
Union Minister of State (MoS) Jitendra Singh. (Source: Twitter)

Jammu: Amid ongoing nationwide protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Union Minister of State (MoS) Jitendra Singh said that the Central government’s next step would be the deportation of Rohingyas from the country.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is applicable across the country including in Jammu and Kashmir. By implication, what will happen here is that the next move will be in relation to the Rohingyas,” Singh said while speaking at a function here on Friday.

“Jammu had a sizeable population of Rohingyas and a list would be prepared and their biometrics would also be collected. They’ll have to leave India and details being worked out. CAA doesn’t give them leverage. The government is considering ways to deport them,” he added.

The Union Minister further said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 had become applicable in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir the day it was passed by the Parliament.

“They (Rohingyas) are not part of the six religious minorities in three neighbouring states. They are from Myanmar. So, they have to go back as they are not eligible for Indian citizenship under this act,” Singh said.

The law grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

NPP stages protest

The National Panthers Party (NPP) staged a protest here on Saturday seeking early deportation of illegal immigrants, including Rohingya Muslims, from Jammu.

NPP activists led by their chairman and former Jammu and Kashmir Minister Harsh Dev Singh assembled at the Exhibition Ground here and raised slogans against the illegal immigrants.

Terming their early repatriation as the need of the hour, the NPP leader said the natives of Myanmar and Bangladesh had already been identified in Jammu city and its adjacent areas.

He urged upon Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately respond to the “grave situation” and direct the local administration to ensure deportation of these unlawful immigrants without any further delay in the larger interests of peace and security.

More than 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in Jammu and Samba districts, where their population has increased by over 6,000 between 2008 and 2016, according to government data.