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Over 150 illegal immigrant Rohingyas in Jammu sent to the ‘holding center’

Last Updated on March 7, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Jammu and Kashmir administration has started taking action against illegally migrant Rohingyas as fake Aadhar card and other documents are seized from them.

The UT administration has also started a special verification drive at M A Stadium to recognize Rohingyas living in Jammu without any proper documents. Officials who are conducting this verification process have to scan the documents of these illegal immigrants. After the verification process is completed, they have the responsibility to prepare a database so that misuse of valid documents can’t be done by any anti-national element.

Representational pic. Source: Britannica

During verification, 155 Rohingyas were found to be illegally staying in J&K and then sent to the holding centre in Hira Nagar. A senior officer said that this was done under section 3(2)e of the Foreigners Act. He said that these migrants didn’t have valid travel documents which are required under section (3) of the Passports Act.

The senior officer told Times Now that more such immigrants are being identified. Once these illegal migrants are sent to the holding centres, then the process of nationality verification will also be done according to the prescribed process. After the Nationality verification process is over, then process of deportation of these illegal immigrants will be started.

On 23 February, Trikuta Nagar Police arrested two Rohangiyas from Bathindi area in a raid and seized fake Aadhar cards and passports from them. Trikuta Nagar Police lodged a case under sections 419, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of IPC against these two suspected individuals. They are identified as Aashiq-ul- Rehman s/o Ali Ahmad, resident of Myanmar at present near Matoo Medical Hall Bathindi Morh, Jammu and Abdul Gafoor S/o Abdul Jabbar resident of Rahim Nagar, Jammu.

Back in 2017, Simrandeep Singh, the then deputy commissioner of Jammu conducted a surprise checking in the Belicharana area and seized fake Aadhar cards, pan cards and state subject from Rohingyas. This seizure of documents has also pushed people to raise questions that how these illegal immigrants got these documents.

Home Department records state that over 7,000 Rohingyas have been shifting around 28 localities in the Jammu region for many years. Many of these illegal immigrants have settled in areas close to vital security installations like Sunjuwan military station or Army camps near Belicharana and other areas.