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“Next move would be in relation of Rohingyas”: Union Minister Jitendra Singh says

“The CAA has been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir the day it was passed. There are no ”ifs” and ”buts”, by implementation”, Singh said


JAMMU| On Friday, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the government’s next step is to deport the Rohingya refugees as they will not be able to secure citizenship under the new law. The positive response from Jammu and Kashmir on implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act the day it was passed by the parliament.

The request to examining the Rohingyas reach in the northern belt of Jammu and settling down in the state after passing long routes of Bengal.

“The Citizenship Amendment Act has been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir the day it was passed. There are no ”ifs” and ”buts”, by implementation, what would happen here is that the next move would be in relation of Rohingyas,” Mr Singh said.

Singh while addressing the officers of the Jammu and Kashmir government at a three-day training programme, pointed out that Jammu had an increased population of Rohingyas.

Mr Singh further added, “What will be the plan of their deportation, the Centre is concerned about it. Lists would be prepared. Wherever needed, biometric identity cards will be given, because the Citizenship Amendment Act does not give a leverage to Rohingyas”.

“They do not belong to the six minorities. They do not belong to any of the three countries,” he said.

He further added, “The Rohingyas came to the country from Myanmar and hence, they would have to go back”.

The government states that more than 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in Jammu and Samba districts, where their population has increased by over 6,000 between 2008 and 2016.

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other social organisations have demanded repatriation of the Rohingyas in the past as well.

“It is for researchers and analysts to know how they came so far from Bengal, travelling through several states. Who paid for their tickets,” he said.

Mr Singh wondered whether there was a design or political motive behind the Rohingyas settling down in Jammu.

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