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What happens if separatists, anti-India forces occupy border areas?
Rohingyas, Bangladeshis in Jammu
1/18/2019 11:10:57 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 18: When security forces involved in anti-insurgency operations in J&K deal with cross-border firing or terrorists, they know local population is on their side. If not, they will face in Jammu what they are facing in the Kashmir Valley today. Fight the enemy in front, be attacked by stone-pelters from behind. It needs to be underlined that stone pelters have thwart many operations in the Kashmir Valley, thus enabling the terrorists to slip away.
A BSF officer, now retired, last posted in the area has said on the condition of anonymity: "There is a lot of resentment among the locals against the nomadic communities' settlements in and around Jammu, which have more or less become permanent. Secondly, they are better represented politically and that makes them more assertive. In the past also they have raked up minor issues out of proportion."
He added that the area could become a nightmare for security forces because "Already madrasas are cropping up for nomadic people and students are also coming from Valley, that too in the heart of Hindu majority villages."
A separatist friendly border population might also encourage smuggling of drugs into Jammu. These would be used to lure Jammu youth and ruin their lives just as we have seen in Punjab for years.
"Today, the threat to J&K is as much from within as it is from Pakistan," the retired BSF officer told in unambiguous terms, adding that "the powers-that-be at the Centre and in the state need to work out and implement a scheme that doesn't disturb the demographic profile of Jammu province in general and Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Rajouri and Reasi districts in particular".
He has further said that the "presence of so many Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu at the Jammu's high and sensitive hills, near Army and police installations, airport, railway station, along national highway from Samba to Nagrota and within the Jammu city and their movements in the City of Temples is a matter of grave concern".
He added that the "national security could be endangered if they are not deported sooner than later". His refrain was that these "Rohingyas and Bangladeshis have been settled in Jammu with a purpose and the powers-that-be in the state and at the Centre have failed to read the writing on the wall". "They have the potential of disturbing the whole Jammu region and help Pakistan achieve its nefarious designs if the Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and ilk occupy the border areas between Kathua and Sunderbani".
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