JAMMU: If the home state of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha can get a piece of government land, encroached upon by the so-called Rohingya refugees in Delhi’s Noida area, cleared, there is more reason for replicating similar action in Jammu as taken by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
This is imperative. First, the illegally settled Rohingyas are occupying strategically sensitive lands adjacent to the defence installations-the Army Station in the Channi-Kunjwani area and the BSF Station near Ploura in the capital city. Second, and more importantly, the Rohingyas were brought and made to settle down in Jammu by a Kashmir-based NGO, which could have easily directed them to the Valley but for some ‘ulterior motives’ to ensure their presence in the temple city. Besides, the Rohingyas have strengthened their foot-hold by initially getting engaged in scrap collection. Gradually, they started working with contractors in the construction business and some of them turned into vendors selling vegetables and other essentials. Their ambitions are soaring. Mohammad Rafik, 48 at the time, is on record having told Al Jazeera, “We have been forced to be scrap dealers as there are no employment avenues available”. This is how they are claiming rehabilitation, as a matter of right. Who knows someday they too will become major stake-holders?U.P. Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh, who instructed the removal of the encroachment, shared a video of the early Friday morning action on social media, tweeting, “Illegal Rohingya camps removed from the land belonging to the Irrigation Department in Madanpur Khadar at 4 A.M. Illegal occupants removed from the 2.10 hectare land of the U.P. Irrigation Department.”The UP Government action followed the encroachment of Jal Shakti Department land. On the contrary, the prime state land in Jammu, especially adjacent to the security installations, is occupied by Rohingyas, which is all the more worrisome as they pose a threat to national security. Their illegal presence in the city is not only an irritant for the people of Jammu because of the sympathy pouring in for Rohingyas from unexpected quarters, especially in Kashmir, but due to their alleged involvement in criminal acts. There must be some reason behind the strategy to get them stationed in Jammu, which has lately become a drone target of Pakistan and its notorious intelligence agency ISI. Among others these segments could also be potential facilitators for anti-national activities. The motivation of the Kashmiri NGO in bringing Rohingyas to Jammu has not been probed so far.According to a national news agency, an elderly Rohingya Molvi Yunus is reported to have stated: “I met a Kashmiri in Delhi, who told me J&K was a state in India where Muslims lived in majority”. He is reported to have suggested that he should move to Jammu. Who was this Kashmiri? Why did he motivate them to come over to Jammu and Kashmir-precisely Jammu and not the Muslim-dominated Valley? In a city, where apprehensions about demographic change are gaining ground with settlement of a particular community in clusters in the periphery, the presence of Rohingyas has obviously become a major concern.In his capacity as Union Home Minister in Modi-1 government Rajnath Singh had indicated on 12 September that some action will be taken with regards to the deportation of Rohingyas, who are considered to be a security threat to Jammu and Kashmir.Speaking to reporters in Srinagar, Singh had said the Centre has a tough stand towards illegal migrants but a “sympathetic view” towards those displaced within the country and the minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who have become refugees here. Okay. However, the tough action is still eluding in the sensitive city of Jammu. Further delay can precipitate the issue and help anti-national elements to strengthen their foot-hold in the winter capital. This will have serious ramifications for the national security, as has been vociferously voiced by Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in a written reply in Lok Sabha just three days ago, saying illegal Rohingya migrants pose a threat to national security and there are reports that some of them have indulged in illegal activities.The gubernatorial administration has taken very bold decisions in recent months. These have rekindled hope about decisive action against illegal settlers-the Rohingyas in particular.
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