Saturday, April 20, 2019 | ePaper

Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India after deportations

  • Print
New Delhi, (Reuters)  :
Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim families have left India for Bangladesh since seven Rohingya men were deported to their home country Myanmar in October, community leaders said on Thursday, and more were preparing to flee a crackdown.
India's Hindu nationalist government regards the Rohingya as illegal aliens and a security risk, and has ordered that tens of thousands of them who live in scattered settlements and slums be identified and repatriated.
This month it deported a Rohingya family of five to Buddhist-majority Myanmar, the second expulsion in three months.
That has worried the community given that the United Nations says conditions are not conducive for them to return to Myanmar after fleeing violence and persecution over the years.
"Many people in India have given statements like launching a 'kill movement'," said Mohammed Arfaat, a Rohingya youth leader who left for Bangladesh in October after six years in the northern Indian city of Jammu.
Arfaat, a 24-year-old father of two, was referring to a call by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry for an "identify and kill movement" against the Rohingya.
"We already faced so many problems in our country and we needed freedom to live elsewhere. But, if like in Myanmar, you are fearful again, why would you live there?," Arfaat said by phone from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
Nearly 2,000 Rohingya have gone to Bangladesh    in the past few months, according to Arfaat and another youth leader.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh said on Thursday the Rohingya arriving from India were "all safe and sound" and receiving assistance.
"Very small numbers of people coming in from Myanmar now," UNHCR spokesman Firas Al-khateeb said by phone from Cox's Bazar. "The majority of them have come from India this month."
India estimates that 40,000 Rohingya live in camps across the country, mainly in Jammu, Hyderabad and the capital, New Delhi. Only 16,500 have UNHCR identity cards the agency says can help "prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation".
The Indian government does not recognize the cards and rejects a U.N. position that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement - sending refugees back to a place where they face danger.
Sahidullah, who lives in Jammu and cleans an auto showroom to support his wife and four children, said he did not want to leave India.
'El Chapo' paid off ex-Mexican president: witness
"I want to live here as long as needed," said Sahidullah, who goes by one name. "Many people have left and my relatives will be deported too, but it's not yet safe in Myanmar."
In August, a U.N. report accused the Myanmar military of mass killings and rapes of Rohingya with "genocidal intent" in 2017 in an operation that drove more than 700,000 of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, according to U.N. agencies.
Myanmar has denied the charges, saying its military launched a counter-insurgency operation after attacks on security posts by Muslim militants.

More News For this Category

AL activist held with gun at Bangabandhu Avenue

Staff Reporter :An Awami League activist has been held with gun near the party's central office ahead of a programme of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Detainee MA Mannan is Awami League's

Motive behind Nusrat murder evident: Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday said the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case law enforcers have already come to know about the motive behind the murder and who

Various organisations formed human chains in front of Jatiya Press Club, demanding speedy trial for Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder at Sonagazi (top left), Mim at Khulna (top right), four years old girls Dola and Nusrat's rapists (bottom left) at Demra on Friday.

Various organisations formed human chains in front of Jatiya Press Club, demanding speedy trial for Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder at Sonagazi (top left), Mim at Khulna (top right), four years old girls Dola and Nusrat's rapists (bottom left) at Demra on Friday.

Governing body of Nusrat's madrasa scrapped

The authorities have dissolved the governing committee of Feni's Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa citing the murder of student Nusrat Jahan Rafi by suspected followers of the principal accused of sexually

 Sonagazi AL chief arrested

Sonagazi AL chief arrested

Feni Correspondent :Police on Friday arrested Sonagazi upazila unit Awami League President Ruhul Amin over the murder of madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi.A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI)

Accused Moni taken to inspect crime scene

Accused Moni taken to inspect crime scene

Staff Reporter :Investigators on Friday visited the crime scene of Nusrat murder with accused Kamrun Nahar Moni.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) officers, who are probing the case, went up to

Urban health care services in peril

Staff Reporter :Urban Primary Health Care Services in the country are in the state of peril while salaries of 2800 workers have been pending for months together. Those workers of

Fresh move to sign FTA with Malaysia

Special Correspondent :Bangladesh will resume the long-stalled negotiation on free trade pact with Malaysia soon to pave the way for a greater trade and investment opportunities for both countries, officials

Journo Lyra Mckee shot dead

Journo Lyra Mckee shot dead

A journalist has been shot dead during rioting in Londonderry that police are treating as a "terrorist incident".Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after

Freeze Tarique, Zubaida's 3 accounts with UK bank: Court

A court here on Thursday ordered freezing three bank accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman with a UK bank.Judge of the Dhaka Metropolitan