Hy­der­abad po­lice keeps an eye on pro-Ro­hingya meet­ings

The Cen­tre told the SC that the il­le­gal im­mi­grants posed a se­cu­rity threat and that they would be sent back soon.

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City for the past five years. The COVA led by Mazar Hus­sain has been in­stru­men­tal in is­su­ing iden­tity cards to around 3,000 Ro­hinya fam­i­lies and pro­vid­ing school­ing to their chil­dren. This and a cou­ple of other NGOs had al­ways co­op­er­ated with the po­lice.

How­ever, what sur­prised the cops are the re­cent shrill voices from sev­eral proMus­lim bod­ies in sup­port of Rohingyas This is­sue of Rohingyas’ per­se­cu­tion in Myan­mar has been raised in Friday meet­ings at mosques and re­cent pic­tures de­pict­ing mas­sacre and tor­ture of Mus­lims in Myan­mar. Speak­ers at these meet­ings are lash­ing out at the lo­cal politi­cians for keep­ing mum on the cri­sis.

The cops are ob­serv­ing how these speak­ers were men­tion­ing Rohingyas from Jammu and other parts of the coun­try be­ing sub­jected to pres­sure to leave the coun­try. It is sus­pected that a small group of ac­tivists were work­ing be­hind the scenes to mo­bilise sup­port of main­stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Hy­der­abad to build a broader pres­sure.

Rul­ing TRS joined the cho­rus for shel­ter­ing Rohingyas in Hy­der­abad as Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Mah­mood Ali led a meet­ing held in sup­port of the Mus­lim refugees in the Old City of Hy­der­abad last Friday. In the meet­ing, Mah­mood Ali said that the Rohingyas had been stay­ing here for the past six to seven years and had be­come part and par­cel of the city.

Mah­mood Ali led a del- ega­tion to Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj last week­end in New Delhi and sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum seek­ing In­dia’s in­ter­ven­tion to stop at­tacks on Rohingyas in Myan­mar. TRS par­lia­men­tary party leader K. Ke­shav Rao, too, was in the del­e­ga­tion.

Lead­ers of Congress, TDP and the Left par­ties CPM and CPI, too, ad­dressed a series of meet­ings in the Old City in the last one week op­pos­ing any move to de­port Rohingyas from their set­tle­ments here. AIMIM supremo Asadud­din Owaisi is very vo­cal on this is­sue and he spoke at a num­ber of meet­ings on this is­sue.

BJP is the only party that is op­pos­ing any politi­ci­sa­tion of the Ro­hingya Mus­lims’ is­sue. “It (Ro­hingya Mus­lims is­sue) is a purely ad­min­is­tra­tive and diplo­matic mat­ter and has noth­ing to do with com­mu­nal an­gles,” BJP’s Te­lan­gana unit pres­i­dent K. Lak­sh­man told this newspaper.

An­other BJP leg­is­la­tor N.V.S.S. Prab­hakar told this newspaper, “Pro­vid­ing re­lief to the refugees is one thing and keep­ing them in the coun­try at the cost of na­tional se­cu­rity is an­other.” The po­lice are of the view that the is­sue per­tain­ing to around 5,000 Rohingyas would not have been a ma­jor con­cern to these par­ties, but the im­pact of their de­por­ta­tion was be­ing made a big is­sue to over three mil­lion lo­cal Mus­lims. The cops are wor­ried that the is­sue might be used by hard­core el­e­ments to rad­i­calise lo­cal Mus­lim youths.

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