GUWAHATI: Assam government has ordered a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, who are believed to have been settled systematically by a network of sympathizers in minority-majority districts of the state in large numbers.
Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said, “We have been able to arrest only those who have been detected so far. We fear there could be more who have come in multiple streams and we do know how many of them are settled here now. We have asked our police force to detect each and every one of them as the top priority.”.
He said that since the detection of the first Rohingya Muslim in the state in 2009 the infiltration from Myanmar has been on.
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“Very recently when the state machinery was focused on the unrest in the state (following the protests against Citizenship Bill), there has been a systematic effort to settle the Rohingya Muslims, who have been either living in the three refugee camps set up by India in Telengana, Delhi and Jammu, or infiltrated from across the border,” Sarma said.
“Certain organisations are making concerted efforts to push Rohingya Muslims into Assam and a network has developed to raise donations for them,” he said.
Sarma said that the police have arrested 75 Rohingya Muslims in the state so far, who are either in judicial custody or in detention camp in Goalpara jail or have been repatriated adding that there is no designated camp for Rohingyas in Assam.
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