New move: Illegal Myanmar immigrants may be sent back soon
New Delhi: Rohingya Muslims, illegal immigrants living in the country, may be soon identified and sent back to Myanmar. This major issue was discussed at a meeting here on Monday which was attended, among others, by officials in the Home ministry.
As many as 40,000 Rohigyas have entered the country through sea and land (Bangladesh) routes and more than 10,000 of them are residing in Jammu and Kashmir. The government at the Centre got worried when it was found that most of them have managed to get Adhar cards and enrolled themselves as citizens of the country.
All these illegal immigrants are likely to be identified soon and arrested before deportation. The process may begin soon.
According to official sources, the immigration began in 1982 when Myanmar government formulated a new law and cancelled the citizenship of Rohingyas living in North Rakhine state. Gradually the number reached an alarming proportion.
Most of these Muslim left Myanmar after 2012 when there was a riot in the country in which more than 50 Muslims and 30 Buddhists were killed.
How they came to Myanmar is also interesting. After Rakhine state was captured by the British government in 1826, these Rohingyas who were living in Bangladesh were brought to this state. The 1982 order forced them to seek shelter again in the same country or elesewhere.
India was a favourite because of closeness with Bangalesh which has a long border with this country.