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Verification drive of illegal Rohingyas continues on 2nd day
3/7/2021 11:40:09 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Mar 7: The verification drive of illegal Rohingyas in Jammu continued for the second day on Sunday, officials said.
Long queues of Rohingyas were seen outside the stadium where 150 of them had entered by 12 noon. The venue remains out of bounds for the media.
Dozens of others who gathered with their luggage outside Mecca Masjid in Jammu's Bhatindi area in the morning said that they were heading home following the verification process initiated by Jammu and Kashmir police. By late Saturday a total of 169 illegal immigrants without valid travel documents were lodged in Hiranagar jail in Kathua, which has been turned into a holding centre.
"Due process of law was followed in this exercise. These immigrants were not holding valid travel documents required in terms of section (3) of the Passports Act," Inspector General of Police (Jammu zone) Mukesh Singh had said Saturday.
The exercise of identifying more such immigrants is going on and the union territory administration is collecting biometric and other details of Rohingyas staying here.
According to an official estimate of the then BJP-PDP alliance government, 5,700 Rohingyas had settled in and around Jammu.
In April 2017, the UNHCR said there were 7,000 Rohingyas in Jammu and Kashmir. The Rohingyas are settled largely in Jammu's Bhatindi, Sunjwan and Bawe areas, in Samba's Bari Brahmana, and are also scattered in Kathua and Udhampur districts.
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