Jammu (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - Police in Jammu and Kashmir have ordered the Rohingya refugees to
leave the city of Jammu, where they had to date found refuge. Citing
"security reasons", the deputy superintendent of Jammu East, SS Sambiyal
said that, "the militants among the Muslim minority originating from
Myanmar could pretend to be refugees" and "pose a threat to internal
the moment, the agents are evacuating areas of the central station, the
university and the Zoarawar Singh auditorium. Meanwhile,
trying to figure out who has issued the expulsion order: the State authorities,
in fact, say they issued no such communication.
The police tried to remove the thousands of people who live in the slums of Kalyani Talab Narwal, on the edge of the city. However, here the Rohingya live on private land, and pay rent on a regular basis. "Living here - says Kareem, a refugee - costs 900 rupees a month (about 13 euro)." Despite the difficult conditions, the members of the community prefer to work instead of begging: most of them are employed as street vendors or day laborers at the station.
Following a case of rape and murder of a Buddhist since last May tension between the Rohingya Muslim community and the authorities was rekindled in Myanmar, often resulting in violent clashes with the Buddhist population. Originating in the Rakhine State, the Rohingya are at the heart of a still unresolved ethno-political issue: Yangon does not recognize them as a race, and considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Dhaka, however, refuses to accept them. And now India is also driving them away.