Jammu: Chamber of commerce wants Rohingyas out, warns launch of 'identify and kill' operation

After Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, held a high-level review meeting on the deportation of Rohingiya Muslims from Jammu region, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Jammu on Friday demanded the immediate deportation of Rohingiya and Bangladeshi Muslims from Jammu saying the business community would otherwise launch an ‘identify and kill’ operation against them.

The chamber said the displaced Rohingiyas community and Bangladeshis are criminals and drug traffickers who have been disowned by their own countries, and that the government of India should thrown them back to their countries in one month or the chamber would be forced to launch a ‘identify and kill’ operation.

Tight vigil ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday. PTI

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Jammu said that they are committed to protest the interests of the people of the state and would lunch this operation as part of their “corporate responsibility initiative.’

The Jammu and Kashmir government says 5,743 Burmese (Rohingyas) are staying in the state and no instance of radicalisation has been reported among them so far and they have been living peacefully since the past six years. As of now 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for various other offences. According to Rohingyas settled in Jammu and organisations working with them at least 12 Rohingyas are languishing in jail, mostly for not carrying the refugee cards.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Jammu Chamber president, Rakesh Gupta said that with the presence of these foreign nationals, whom the Chamber looks upon as criminals and drug traffickers disowned by their own country, are threat to the peace, secularism and brotherhood in the region.

“These settlers should be deported within one month and the people on whose land these foreigners have settled be booked under Public Safety Act otherwise chamber shall have no option but to launch 'identify and kill' movement against such criminals.” Gupta said.

“It may not be out of place to mention that neither the government of Jammu and Kashmir is signatory to any United Nation’s treaty nor Article 370 allows illegal foreign settlers for any permanent settlement in the state,” said Gupta, while addressing a a presser along with senior vice president Rajiv Gupta and junior vice president Manish Gupta and others.

Earlier a political party based in Jammu had come up with hoarding asking the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis to leave the region immediately. The Rohingya community members have already been living under fear after the newspapers reported that union government was exploring the possibilities of deportation of this ethnic Muslim minority to Buddhist majority Myanmar form Jammu.


Published Date: Apr 08, 2017 02:17 pm | Updated Date: Apr 08, 2017 02:17 pm

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