STATE TIMES SPECIAL REPORT
JAMMU: JAMMU: Even after the Centre on Thursday repatriated seven Rohingyas to their native country, a large number of them staying in Jammu continue to live peacefully along the periphery of Sunjwan Army Station and other vital security installations in Nagrota.
On February 10, 2018 when Sunjwan Army Station was attacked by a group of heavily armed fidayeens (members of a suicide squad) it was suspected they were sheltered by Rohingyas in the vicinity during the night.
Large number of Rohingyas are camping in the area for past several years but no action has been taken by any State government agency to relocate them to any other location to ensure safety of strategically important defence installations.
Ironically, when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had visited the encounter site and it was brought to her notice that rampant construction activity was going on in and around Sunjwan Military Station and illegal immigrants are settled in the close vicinity, she had assured to check rampant construction close to the defence installations.
Interestingly several senior security experts and city planners are well aware of the fact that such a huge population of Rohingyas are scattered in the close vicinity of defence installations yet none of them has been able to convince the State government agencies to relocate them to some other places.
Even Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on record to say that since June 2018 that India was ready to repatriate illegal immigrants from Myammar after completing due process of law, various State government agencies in are yet to begin the process of collecting their bio-metrics.
The Rohingyas meanwhile told reporters in Bhatindi area, they are ready to return home provided Govt of India gives them assurance after speaking to Government of Myanmar that they would be rehabilitated and their human rights would be restored to them.
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