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Cyberabad Police seek UNHCR help to keep tab on Rohingya refugees

While police has increased surveillance, it has no data on the number of Rohingya refugees and what they are doing.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: August 1, 2015 2:53:43 am
Rohingya muslims, Rohingya muslims Hyderabad, Rohingya refugees, Rohingya refugees Hyderabad, Cyberabad police, India latest news As per records with UNHCR, 1806 Myanmar refugees were registered with COVA and on physical verification, only 1725 refugees are presently staying camps in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate areas. (Source: Reuters)

Cyberabad Police has sought the cooperation of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to keep tabs on Rohingya refugees living illegally in Cyberabad and Hyderabad area amidst growing security concerns and stepped vigilance. Last November, Khalid Mohammed, a Rohingya Muslim living in Hyderabad was arrested by the NIA in connection with the Burdwan blasts. While police has increased surveillance, it has no data on the number of Rohingya refugees and what they are doing.

“Under the United National Refugee Convention, refugees coming from war-torn countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and from Myanmar etc., are issued a ‘Refugee Certificate’ valid for 2 years and renewable after that. This is the only protecting document for them. But most of the refugees in Hyderabad- Cyberabad, have entered illegally and are staying illegally. Over a period of time, many of them have obtained voter ID cards, Aadhaar Cards, SIM cards and cell phones. But they not being monitored by security agencies and local police which is leading to security concerns,’’ an official said.

As per records with Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) which is associated with UNHCR, 1806 Myanmar refugees were registered with COVA and on physical verification, only 1725 refugees are presently staying camps in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate areas. Only 461 Myanmar refugees were issued UNHCR cards and the others are under process.  Officials said that the refugees are living at 10 different locations. At Camp-I in Balapur there are 298, Camp-II Balapur (150), Camp- III Balapur, Pahadishareef (87), Royal Colony(160), Near Fatima Masjid, Balapur (258), Baba Nagar, Kanchanbagh (412) Barkas, Chandrayangutta (51), Shaheen Nagar, Pahadishreef (127), Shastripuram, Mailardevpally (29), Kishanbagh, Bahadurpura (153).

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Chief of Mission, UNHCR, William Tall and his four-member delegation along with COVA’s Mazar Hussain and others met Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand to discuss this issue. The CP requested that all refugees living in Cyberabad should be brought on record with the immediate issue of long term visas (LTVs) and UNHCR cards so that the local police and intelligence agencies can monitor them.

In the meeting it was that till UNHCR cards are issued, COVA will help the local police station to get the Rohingyas staying in their police station area registered with all details of family, children, any sim cards, cell numbers, Aadhaar cards, voter ID Cards, ration cards, and driving license, etc.

The police stations will start maintaining separate registers for the camps in their sectors for the above purpose. It is learnt that these Rohingyas are moving in and out of their settlements and travelling to J&K and other states. From now on, they will have to inform the local police station, about their movement and also report to the police station upon their return.Their source of livelihood will also be enquired into and noted along with details of any bank accounts.

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