Rohingya living in the national capital are ready to die than be deported. Delhi Police, in a first, have circulated a national verification form and are collecting biometric details of every resident in the camp. The sudden identity drive by the police has caused fear of deportation within the refugee camp.
While such forms have been filled by the refugees before, certain sections of the new form are the main reason behind the hesitation of the refugees.
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News18 earlier reported that the form starts with ‘1. Amme Myanmar Bengali’ and ‘2. Akrin Ame Myanmar Bengali’, which when translated means those filling the forms are prefixing their ‘name’ and ‘other name’ with the declaration that ‘I am a Bengali in Myanmar’ The form, accessed by News18, has a cover letter attached to it which states that the form is being issued by the Myanmar Embassy, which is a major cause of concern for many in the camp.
News18 reached out to local police officials in the area who informed that the instruction had come from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Emailed queries to the ministry did not illicit any response till the time of writing the copy.
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