The Jammu and Kashmir government has sent at least 155 immigrant Rohingyas to a “holding centre” in Jammu city on Saturday, saying that they were not carrying valid travel documents.
Rohingyas are Muslim minority in Myanmar, who escaped persecution in their country. They have been living in Jammu after immigrating. The government is now filtering them to check their documents under section 3(2)e of the Foreigners Act.
Quoting officials, CNN-News18 reported that the immigrants were not holding valid travel documents required under section (3) of the Passports Act.
“The exercise of identifying more such immigrants is ongoing and the Jammu and Kashmir administration is collecting biometric and other details of Rohingyas staying in Jammu. After sending them to the said centre, their nationality verification will be carried out, after which illegal illegal immigrants will be deported,” the news channel quoted the officials saying.
More than 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in Jammu and Samba districts of the union territory.
According to the officials, quoted by the channel, the verification process of Rohingyas was carried out at the MAM Stadium in Jammu amid high security. “Under the drive, their biometric and other details, such as place of stay, were collected,” the officials have said.