Swapan Dasgupta raises concern in Rajya Sabha over Rohingyas in Jammu, Ladakh

Swapan Dasgupta said "we have seen" evidence of Rohingya involvement in the blast in Bodh Gaya and in October, 2016, that one of the two militants killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, turned out to be from Myanmar.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 24, 2017 7:54 pm
swapan dasgupta, rohingya, rohingya in india, dasgupta “To my mind…it is something which is a pressing matter, which goes beyond the humanitarian aspect…,” he said, adding that the Rohingya refugees have also been flaunting voter cards and Aadhaar cards. (Photo: Rajya Sabha TV)

Veteran journalist and nominated member Swapan Dasgupta today expressed concern over the reported influx of Rohingya refugees in Jammu and Ladakh saying it was a matter of national security. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he said there was a “vicious” ethnic conflict and civil war going on in Myanmar, but since it was an internal affair of a friendly neighbouring country, “we refrain from commenting on it”.

“But it is curious and somewhat inexplicable as to why there should be so many Rohingyas who have migrated to Jammu and to Ladakh,” he said. Rohingyas are tribals from Myanmar, commonly also known as the ‘boat people’.

Dasgupta said as per the Jammu and Kashmir Government, there are approximately 5,700 Rohingyas in Jammu and 7,664 Rohingyas in Ladakh.

Whereas the UN High Commission for Refugees states there are 14,000 Rohingyas in the whole of India, the media reports say that the Home Ministry estimates there are 40,000, he added.

“Now to my mind…this is very, very suspicious. The suspicion arises not for humanitarian reasons or anything like, but because of what the Bangladesh Government has reported – that there are at least three terrorist organisations among the Rohingyas,” the member said.

He further said “we have seen” evidence of Rohingya involvement in the blast in Bodh Gaya and in October, 2016, that one of the two militants killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, turned out to be from Myanmar.

“To my mind…it is something which is a pressing matter, which goes beyond the humanitarian aspect…,” he said, adding that the Rohingya refugees have also been flaunting voter cards and Aadhaar cards.

“It is only when they tried to register themselves as State Subjects that the issue came to the fore and assumed great importance. I would urge the Government to take this matter very, very seriously,” Dasgupta added.

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    sahil
    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    This hate filled intellectual of jhandelwalan calls himself a peace loving Bengali, he is just a clone to be of subramaniam swamy working overtime to spread hate
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      rahil
      Jul 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm
      What is so hateful about what h says ??? Just because you are a hatefilled Muzzie does not mean what others say is hateful All that he asked is why they are not accomodated in Kashmir ? Why are they indulging in terrorism when they come as refugees . So indulging in terrorism is normal for you isit ???? No questions should be asked as per your logic . This is possible only in Congi/Commie /Mamata rule where they indulge in Muslim Communal Hate Politics
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      vinay
      Jul 25, 2017 at 11:13 am
      But who allowed the Rohingya refugeees into India ? They came in only after 2014. It is the MODI-BJP Govt which is to blame for the influx of ROhingya refugees. The current rohingya refugee crisis only began in late 2014. Why did you allow them inside India ?
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