The Rohingyas are sitting ducks for terrorist groups and India has no option but to deport them. We are already facing a huge crisis thanks to the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and in such a scenario, we cannot afford to accommodate more, an Intelligence Bureau official told MyNation.
During the debate in Parliament regarding the historic Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Union home minister Amit Shah made it clear that the Rohingyas will never be accepted as Indian citizens.
They infiltrated India through Bangladesh. They are from Myanmar and they will never be accepted citizens of India, Shah also said before the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.
The statement by the home minister is an important one, considering the fact that the Indian Intelligence has several times red-flagged the issue and said that the Rohingya Muslims pose a serious security risk.
The Rohingyas are sitting ducks for terrorist groups and India has no option but to deport them. We are already facing a huge crisis thanks to the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and in such a scenario, we cannot afford to accommodate more, an Intelligence Bureau official tells MyNation.
The Centre has always made its position on the Rohingyas clear. In a 16 page affidavit before the Supreme Court, the Centre said that the Rohingyas pose a major security risk, owing to their links with terror organisations and the Pakistan’s ISI.
Intelligence agencies have also discovered a clear pattern where the Rohingyas are concerned. Terror groups are already tapping these persons and they would use them to launch attacks against the Buddhists living in India. It must be noted here that the Centre in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill also said that apart from Hindus, Christians, Jains and Parsis, the Buddhists who have faced persecution and have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be enticed to Indian citizenship.
India can’t afford anymore demographical changes:
Due to the mindless illegal immigration, the majority communities in states like West Bengal and some North Eastern states, have forgone their rights. They also live in fear as the illegal immigrants have over the years, snatched the local jobs and in many cases, land as well.
There is already a large influx of illegal immigrants from the neighbouring countries. Thanks to this the demographic profile of some of the bordering states has already undergone serious changes. This has had far reaching consequences. Adding the Rohnigyas to this mix would only mean worsening the situation and in the bargain it would have a further effect on the fundamental and basic human rights of India’s very own citizens.
The Centre has noted that since 2012, the influx of Rohingyas has been an organised one. There are touts in the states of West Bengal who are facilitating the entry of Rohingyas, just as was seen in the case of the Bangladeshis, who today make up for nearly 1.5 crore of the population in India.
The organised influx has been noticed in Benapole-Haridaspur, Hilli in West Bengal, Soamora in Tripura, Kolkata and Guwahati. Over 40,000 have already infiltrated over a period of time and they have begun spreading out to different parts of the country. This is posing both a risk in terms of demographics and national security.
Not just run of the mill refugees:
If one looks at the pattern, then it is clear that the manner in which the Rohingya Muslims have come in and furthered their activities, is exactly similar to the way in which the Bangladeshis came in.
The Rohingyas are already involved in crimes such as hawala, human trafficking to name a few. Further they are already part of the propaganda material that is distributed by terror groups such as the Islamic State and Lashkar-e-Tayiba. Moreover it is not as though they have remained in one place. Those Rohingyas who entered illegally and have fabricated documents have moved to Delhi, Mewat, Jammu and Hyderabad.
At a high-level meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs, a serious issue had been raised. Those privy to the meeting said that the issue that was discussed was with regard to the Rohingyas living dangerously close to military locations. There are around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living at the Kachanbagh area near Hafeezbabanagar in Hyderabad, where several defence laboratories are there.
The Home Ministry was told that the issue is a serious one and the Rohingyas would look to target these installations. In Hyderabad there are around 4,000 Rohngyas, who live at Hafeezbabanagar and Balapur. The Intelligence cautions that this high concentration would be targeted by the terror groups who in turn would look to hit these sensitive installations, which also includes the Secunderabad Cantonment.
Early warnings ignored:
In the year 2010, there was a note prepared by the Research and Analysis Wing, stating that the Rohingyas had become soft targets and terror groups would use them.
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba which decided to espouse the cause of the Rohingya Muslims had outsourced the Bodhgaya operation to the Indian Mujahideen. The blast at Bodhgaya was a way of telling the Rohingyas that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the IM stands by them.
The R&AW had in 2010 circulated a note stating that an outfit called the Difa-e-Musalman had been set up and a large number of Rohingyas were being roped in. The government of the day did not react and the IM struck at Bodhgaya and the Rohingya continued to enter India and take part in illegal activities unabated.
Not a peaceful lot:
Further it has also been noted that the terror groups that operate in India including the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh are in close contact with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
It is is important to debate this outfit in the wake of several human rights activists raising concerns about the Indian government’s decision to deport the Rohingyas.
A report in 2018 stated that the ARSA would sow fear among the Hindus. On August 25 2017, the ARSA attacked Hindus at Cha Maung Seik. In the attack, 99 Hindus were brutally killed. Men of the ARSA dressed in black rounded up the Hindus, men, women and children. They were blindfolded, marched out of the village and killed.
In this brutal massacre, eight Hindu women and their children were spared after they agreed to convert to Islam. One of the women who survived the massacre said that the ARSA terrorists blindfolded them, tied their hands from behind and held knives and rods in their hands. The lady said that they were told that they had a different religion and hence could not live here. Some of them were beaten badly and were let off, when they parted with their belongings, the lady also narrated.
Officials say that these are just some of the atrocities that has come to light. India would need to act swiftly because terror groups would look to get the Rohingyas to behave violently against the Buddhists and Hindus in India.
Last Updated 10:09 AM IST