JAMMU: Even as the alliance government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is facing severe criticism over the issue of settlement of illegal immigrants from Myanmar in and around Jammu, unfazed and emboldened Rohingya Muslims are ‘fearlessly’ growing their business interests and setting up shops under the nose of governmental agencies.
Meters away from the Karyani Talab, Rohingyas have set up small ‘Burmese’ market where different shops are selling almost all the items of daily use.
Besides provision stores, haircutting saloons, fish and mutton shops, local bakery products, vegetable shops, tea stalls, eateries, everything is available in this small market.
These shops have installed electronic meters and selling FMCG products of big brands in the market dealing directly with their local agents.
A community shed for elderly and differently-abled has also been set up by the DAJI- UNHCR.
There are several other structures raised in the vacant plots in the area.
Sakhawat Centre- a Srinagar based NGO is also running a pre primary school for Myanmar refugees.
Large number of Rohingya Muslims and even others, camping in the area throng this market to purchase items of daily use.
Several structures can be seen dotted with DTH antennas and other fixtures in the form of air coolers.
These shops are run by Rohingyas and they have invested huge sums of money.
Some common eating places and refreshment counters are also operational in the area and frequented by large number of Rohingyas throughout the day.
These shops have been using electricity supply to run their fans, coolers, refrigerators, TV sets, etc. On the other side of the Karyani Talab another Rohingya camp at Narwal Bala is self-reliant. It houses all these shops inside the boundary wall of the plot and there is no need for any occupants of the camp to step out of the restricted area. A 10-room Madrassa and more than 100 huts are located at this plot, one of the biggest clusters of Rohingyas. In Vidhata Nagar and Bathindi areas, several empty plots are occupied by small groups of Rohingyas to set up their dwellings. They are leading a peaceful life.
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