Police Detains Rohingya Refugee Group

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained a group of Rohingya Muslims from two mosques in Ramban, reports appearing in the media said. They are members of Tablighi Jamaat.

Though the police are yet to register a case against them, the detainees have been sent to a ‘holding centre’ at Hiranagar in Kathua, Jammu. One report put the number at 12 and another said they number 25. The detention was reported to have taken place on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

A senior police officer told reporters that the Rohingya Muslims are foreign nationals. Since they don’t carry any legal documents to reside in the country, they are not provided with the right to integrate with any organization.

The Rohingya detainees, reports said were staying for a couple of days at Dar Mohalla, Jamia Masjid, near the Sangaldaan area of Gool district. They basically were living as refugees in Bhatindi and Narwal areas of Jammu for the past eight years.

Rohingya leader, Mushtaq Ahmad remarked that the arrest of their fellows has triggered panic within their community. “They had gone to spend the holy month of Ramdhan in the mosques therewith a mission of Tableegh. They have been sent to the ‘holding centre’ where 236 Rohingyas, including women and children, are already detained since March 6 last year,” Ahmad was quoted saying by The Telegraph newspaper. “Their mothers, wives and children are all crying. We are scared of stepping out of our homes, lest we too are arrested.”

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