Villagers from Nanakheri are protesting against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his government's decision to build a residential school for Rohingyas on the premises of the Secondary School in the village. On 28 August, the chief minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia inaugurated the school for the children of Rohingyas, triggering a strike by the villagers.
The villagers said that they were concerned about the possible rise in crimes in the village if the Rohingyas settled there. They alleged that the protests had been going on for more than a week now but the Delhi government has neither changed its decision nor broken their spirits against it.
The Nanakheri women said, "Whether it takes 10 or 20 years, we will continue to protest until the Kejriwal government withdraws its decision. We will die but will not allow the Rohingyas to settle here. The land belongs to our forefathers and we will not allow Kejriwal to settle Rohingyas on it."
A local resident, expressing anger, said, "We have been sitting here for the last eight days, but till now her MLA Gulab Singh has not even visited to inquire about our demands and our condition."
About 1,100 Rohingya refugees live in the camp located in Madanpur Khadar, Delhi, and all of them were to be moved to 250 EWS flats located in Bakkarwala village. The Delhi government was asked to arrange basic facilities in these flats, but later the matter got stuck. According to sources, currently, Rs 7 lakh was spent by the Delhi government on the tents of Rohingyas in Madanpur Khadar.