Jammu: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today supported the demand for deportation of illegal Rohingyas and Bangladeshis, saying their presence in Jammu and Kashmir posed a security threat to the country.
We do not consider them as refugees as they are foreigners and have entered in our country illegally, RSS Prant Sanghchalak, Brig (Retd) Suchait Singh said.
Singh, who was flanked by Prant Kariwah Parshotam Dadichi, said the State and the central governments should identify the illegally settled Rohingyas and Bangladeshis and sent them back.
Why should we tolerate them when they pose a security threat to the nation as well as the State, Singh said.
Criticising the previous UPA government at the centre and National Conference-Congress coalition government in the State for allowing them to settle down in Jammu, RSS said they are totally responsible for the agitation over the deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu.
What is their motive behind settling them in Jammu is best known to them? We see their presence as a threat and want their early eviction, the former Army officer said.
According to United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), thousands of unregistered refugees are living in elsewhere in India. The Rohingya are among an estimated 10 million stateless people worldwide.
Security forces are increasingly noticing the use of the word ‘Burmi’ in conversations between militants. “Rakhine militants are known to have direct links with ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence] and we are not ruling this connection out. They have a victimhood narrative of being wronged by non-Muslims. There are definitive leads that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba is trying to exploit them for carrying out terror activities in India and Bangladesh,” the officer says.
These revelations are unnerving. They have led to calls for the deportation of the Rohingya.
It’s not for the first time that Sunjwan army base of Jammu was under attack. The cantonment is surrounded by Madrasas & Mosques where huge numbers of illegal Rohingyas are settled.