In­dia steps up vigil along bor­ders to thwart Ro­hingya in­flux

The Myanmar Times - - News -

THOUGH the bor­der guard­ing forces of In­dia are on the alert to pre­vent pos­si­ble in­flux of Ro­hingyas into the coun­try, the se­cu­rity agen­cies are not ap­pre­hend­ing large scale in­flux into the coun­try and the refugees in Bangladesh are also kept in strict sur­veil­lance so that they can­not move around in large num­bers.

Se­cu­rity sources told The As­sam Tribune that in the wake of large scale ex­o­dus of Ro­hingyas from Myan­mar to Bangladesh, the bor­der guard­ing forces of In­dia are on the alert. Sources pointed out that from the lo­ca­tion of the Ro­hingyas, it would be dif­fi­cult for them to en­ter In­dia through the In­dia-Myan­mar bor­der.

But the As­sam Ri­fles per­son­nel, de­ployed for guard­ing the bor­der, are kept on the alert as the govern­ment is not keen on tak­ing any chance.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity of Ro­hingyas in smaller num­bers try­ing to sneak into In­dia from Bangladesh and the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) men are on the alert to pre­vent any such move. The vul­ner­a­ble lo­ca­tions along the in­ter­na­tional bor­der have been iden­ti­fied and pa­trolling in such ar­eas has been in­ten­si­fied, sources said.

Sources said that as there is no Ro­hingya set­tle­ment in As­sam, even if some of them man­age to sneak into In­dia, they would try to move to the ar­eas where they have set­tle­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate there are around 40,000 Ro­hingyas in In­dia and most of them are stay­ing in the set­tle­ments in North­ern part of the coun­try. Sources said that there are 33 Ro­hingyas in the de­ten­tion camps in As­sam. But they were not try­ing to stay in As­sam and only took ad­van­tage of the por­ous in­ter­na­tional bor­der to sneak into As­sam to move into other parts of the coun­try where there are Ro­hingya set­tle­ments.

More than 500,000 Ro­hingyas man­aged to sneak into Bangladesh from Myan­mar since Au­gust, which has posed a se­cu­rity threat to Bangladesh. In­dia has made its stand clear on the is­sue and as­serted that Ro­hingyas would not be al­lowed to come into the coun­try. How­ever, on hu­man­i­tar­ian ground, In­dia has sent re­lief to Bangladesh to deal with the mas­sive ex­o­dus.

Mean­while, it has come to light that at least two mil­i­tant out­fits of the Ro­hingyas were op­er­at­ing in Myan­mar. Sources said that the Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army was the first such out­fit to be formed, and later, an­other out­fit Aka Mul Mu­jahideen emerged. It is re­ported that mem­bers of the out­fits were trained by Pak­istan based ter­ror­ist out­fits. The mas­sive crack­down on the Ro­hingyas in Myan­mar started after the out­fits started at­tack­ing the se­cu­rity forces of that coun­try.

– The As­sam Tribune

Photo: EPA

A file photo shows In­dian ven­dors bring­ing goods from Myan­mar via Indo-Myan­mar friend­ship gate in Moreh.

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