The drive to collect biometric details had followed campaigns by some outfits demanding deportation of the refugees. During the drive, Haq said, rumours spread that the government was collecting their details to send them back to Myanmar from where they fled following a military offensive.
Last year, India had repatriated seven Rohingya men, who had been jailed in Assam for entering India illegally six years ago, to Myanmar via Manipur, hours after the Supreme Court had refused to interfere in the process.
Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have alleged that the Border Security Forces (BSF) have been pushing the Rohingyas into the Bangladeshi territory and that the group stranded between the borders has come from India.
BGB’s allegations against BSF was recently published in Bangladesh's media. In October 2017, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a letter, which had ordered immediate steps to all state governments to identify and monitor Rohingya refugee.
Authorities say there are 139 suspected graves in the mountainous jungle where northern Malaysia meets southern Thailand, a remote area that trafficking syndicates used as a transit point to hold migrants and refugees. Most were believed to be members of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority and impoverished migrants from Bangladesh.