On Thursday, a BJD member in the Lok Sabha alleged that 40,000 Rohingya Muslims had illegally crossed the Myanmar border and entered into India. He claimed they are being trained as ‘terrorists’ which is creating an alarming situation.
BJD member B Mahtab said, “There is an emergence of a new insurgent group called Harakah al Yaqin consisting of Rohingya Muslims with its presence in Myanmar, Bangladesh and India.”
He added, “Since then it is believed that around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered into our country illegally through Bangladesh, through the Bay of Bengal and through Myanmar border.” A Brussels-based international crisis group reported this.
Mahtab said this is an alarming situation as they are now in Jammu and have already got their Aadhaar cards. He asked the government to take immediate action. “Let us not wait for cloudburst; already dark clouds have appeared. There is a very serious incident that has happened in Bodhgaya and it is now linked to Indian Mujahideen which has a connection with IS and now Rohingyas are being targeted to be trained as terrorists in this country.”
Mahtab urged the government to take action as soon as possible. “It is high time the Home Ministry identifies them and removes them.”
He also wanted to know what the External Affairs Ministry has done on that matter.
Rohingya Muslims are Indo-Aryan people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Human rights organisations and international media have depicted the community as one of the most persecuted minorities.
The Myanmar government refuses their citizenship and says they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
In 2012, an outbreak of communal violence in Myanmar forced more than 100,000 people to displace and tens of thousands of Rohingya stay in old camps where travel is restricted.
Over many decades, hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya have fled from their country to Bangladesh.
According to the United Nations, the human rights violations against Rohingyas could be termed as “crimes against humanity”.