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Confine Rohingya Refugees To Designated Camps, Record Biometric Details: Centre To States

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| June 4 , 2018 , 08:05 IST

The central government, continuing with its harsh stand against the Rohingya refugees, has directed states to confine the Rohingyas to pre-identified locations and record their personal details including their biometric details and to not issue any Indian identity proof, such as Aadhaar cards, to them.

A government source quoted by TOI on Monday said that the personal details were being recorded so that the details may eventually be shared with Myanmar for repatriation of the refugees.

Currently, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in India, with an estimated 7,096 Rohingyas in Jammu, 3,059 in Hyderabad, 1,114 in Mewat (Haryana), 1,200 in western Uttar Pradesh, 1,061 in Delhi and 400 in Jaipur.

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The home ministry in a letter to the chief secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir government said, “security risks posed by some of those Rohingya/foreigners who entered India illegally and were involved in illegal activities such as fraudulent procurement and/or fabrication of Indian identity cards — PAN, voter IDs etc — money laundering, crimes and other anti-national activities.”

The confining of the Rohingyas has been directed due to attempts of the refugees to move to other states.

“Of late, some attempts by Rohingyas to move to states like Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have come to notice. There has also been new influx of immigrants into Jammu, Hyderabad, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands,” said an intelligence officer.

Although India has generally welcomed refugees, the stand of the central government has been different for the Rohingyas, who fled from their native Rakhine state in Myanmar due to persecution.