Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday revealed that 5743 Rohingyas (Burmese) are staying in the state. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a written reply to a question from BJP legislator Sat Paul Sharma stated that as many as 5743 Rohingyas were staying in the state presently. “They have entered the state on their own and are staying at various places in the districts of Jammu and Samba,” she said.
She said that number of foreign nationals residing in the state is 322. She said the number has increased from 119 foreign individuals in 2002.
“Out of 322 foreigners, 02 Bangladeshis are presently residing in the state”
To another question whether some elements were trying to radicalize them and have opened Madrasas for them, the CM said that no instance of radicalizing of these foreigners has been reported so far. However, if any such complaint is received and appropriate action as necessary under law will be taken against the concerned individual or organizations.
The reply informed that 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for various offences, including those relating to illegal border crossing.
“Strict surveillance is being kept on these foreigners and the organizations extending help to them,” the reply reads.
The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority group, originally residing in the Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan.
The Rohingyas are considered “stateless entities”, as the Myanmar government has been refusing to recognize them as one of the ethnic groups of the country. For this reason, the Rohingyas lack legal protection from the Government of Myanmar and are regarded as mere refugees from Bangladesh, and face strong hostility in the country—often described as one of the most persecuted people on earth.