BJP States tell police to push back Rohingya

BJP States tell police to push back Rohingya”

Bangladesh restricted the movement of Rohingya refugees yesterday, banning them from leaving overcrowded border areas where over 400,000 who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar are living in squalid conditions.

Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017.

Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since then said the military responded with a brutal campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians in a bid to drive them out.

A senior MEA official told The Hindu that India and Bangladesh are "in close touch" over the issue, but that it was "too early" to say whether India and Bangladesh will present a united front at the UNGA, where Bangladesh has made it clear it will call for global pressure on Myanmar. Mr Rijiju had also clarified that India would follow due process of laws on deportation rather than throwing the illegal migrants into an "ocean or shoot them down". "Ms. Swaraj said India would push Myanmar both bilaterally and multilaterally to take back their refugees".

Okoth-Obbo said Bangladesh is facing "quite a serious humanitarian" situation as about 400,000 people entered the country within two and a half weeks.

Among the few thousand Rohingya refugees in India, 40 families live in Delhi's Madanpur Khader, on the banks of the Yamuna.

Two Rohingya immigrants had recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the government's orders of deportation.

The government's plan to deport Rohingyas has triggered criticism from various quarters.

"This is a very large number and Bangladesh has its own challenges", he said, adding that there has to be "very strong appreciation and acknowledgement" to the government and people of Bangladesh for giving them shelter.

Stating that the BJP government should not look at the present crisis through a communal prism, he asked if this move would secure India the seat that it wants, on the United Nations Security Council. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Government sources also say that that the Rohingyas need to be deported, keeping in mind certain strategic reasons. Many of them say they would rather die than be deported.

The Disaster Management and Relief Ministry will coordinate the matter with Armed Forces Division, Border Guard Bangladesh, Risk Reduction for Resilient Cities, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, World Food Programme and other agencies to construct these shelter centres within 10 days, the report said.

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