India and Myanmar on Thursday held deliberations in New Delhi on a proposal to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on handling human trafficking, with a focus on Rohingya, who are also victims of trafficking.
The two-day discussion was led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and a top Myanmar official. The two sides are learnt to have also discussed the sharing of intelligence on insurgent groups and smuggling of arms and drugs.
According to Home Ministry estimates, there are nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims spread across India, with the highest number in Jammu and Kashmir. They were forced to leave their homes after a crackdown by the Myanmarese Army in their home state of Rakhine, an official said, adding that a large number of Rohingya are also victims of human traffickers.