KCCI, KEA say the policy could apply to West Pak refugees too; AIP files complaint with police; Bar calls Jammu Chamber’s threat ‘barbaric’
Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Saturday condemned its Jammu counterpart’s threat to “identify and kill” Rohingya refugees, saying the policy could very well apply to West Pakistan refugees.
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry warned the government that it would “identify and kill” Rohingya refugees if they are not deported within a month.
“KCCI terms the statement as uncalled for, irresponsible and divisive,” KCCI said in a statement.
“The KCCI warns that same could be applicable to the West Pakistan Refugees as well. Instead of involving itself in activities beneficial for the trade and commerce, JCCI has taken upon itself the role of vigilantism.”
The KCCI also urged the JCCI to withdraw the statement, or “else be ready to face consequences”.
Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan said Jammu Chamber’s threat was “aimed at systematic genocide of Muslims”.
Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said Rakesh Gupta, president JCCI, has betrayed “murderous intentions”.
“How can you use words like ‘identify and kill’ in a civilized society and what is preventing the government from filing an FIR into this irresponsible statement which has come from a reputed organization of Jammu Inc,” Khan said.
Khan said if Jammu Inc feels unsafe because of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims, why it was silent over issue of West Pakistan refugees.
“Why is Jammu Inc resorting to discrimination or is it simply part of the conspiracy to eliminate Muslims from the map of Jammu and Kashmir as happened in 1947,” Khan asked.
Khan said the statement from the Jammu Inc seems to be part of the deep rooted conspiracy and that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who is also the Home Minister must get a FIR filed in the irresponsible statement.
“Had such a statement come from Kashmir Inc, entire business community would have been labeled as terrorists and put behind the bars, but government is silent as the statement has come from Jammu.”
The J&K High Court Bar Association described Jammu Chamber’s threat as “intemperate, arbitrary, ruthless and barbaric”.
The Bar said that calling the persecuted Rohingya Muslims as criminals and drug traffickers “is highly horrifying and shameful”.
The Bar said about a “million West Pakistan Refugees, illegally and unlawfully, residing in Jammu from 1947” and besides them, “thousands of Punjabis, Bengalis, Biharis, Nepalese and Tibetans” have been allowed to settle in different parts of Jammu “unauthorizedly and even State Subject Certificates have been issued in their favour fraudulently”.
“Asking a few thousand of Rohingya Muslims, whose presence in Jammu is protected by United Nations Credentials, to leave Jammu or else they will be identified and killed, is clearly a communal plot, orchestrated at the behest of Saffron Brigade, which deserves to be denounced by one and all, who believe in humanity and appropriate protection deserves to be provided to the Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi Nationals living in Jammu, by the state machinery,” the Bar said.
Awami Itihaad Party filed a complaint with police station Rajbagh, seeking an FIR against various office bearers of Jammu Chamber. AIP chief Er Rasheed said the threat to Rohingya Muslims is “one more evidence of how the state administration has nothing in its control and law of the land is sub servant to these communal and radical forces”.