Rohingyas trying to get refugee certificate from UN for staying in India

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GUWAHATI, May 14: Rohingya Muslims, who have illegally entered into India, are trying to obtain certificate of refugee status from United Nations. This was revealed from the confessional statement of a Rohingya Muslim, who was arrested from Guwahati Railway Station here Tuesday.

A team of Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested five Rohingya Muslims, including a woman, when they were trying to board a Delhi-bound train at platform No 1 of the station on Tuesday morning.

“They were supposed to leave for Delhi to collect certificates of refugee status from United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR),” said a GRP official.

The GRP person on routine duty caught two boys and a girl when they were not able to provide valid identity proofs. After interrogation, two other boys were also arrested along with other three persons, the official said.

They have been identified as Makakmyayum Sahenas, MD Zubar, Md Kamal Hussain, Nurul Hakim and Md Kalimula. They hail from Myanmar. They had earlier been arrested by the Manipur police in 2018. The GRP sleuths found Myanmar made preserved fruit packets, sweets, white coffee and various kinds of edibles in their possession.

Mizoram police had recently arrested 12 suspected Rohingya refugees—eight women and four boys—for illegally entering the state from Bangladesh.

The suspected Rohingyas entered Mizoram from Bangladesh sans valid travel documents. They were found in the residence of a woman in Bawngkwan area of Mizoram.

They had claimed that her cousin, who lives at Tahan in Myanmar, had asked her for a favour for keeping the “guests” before being taken to the neighbouring country.

Earlier in April, eight Rohingya women were detained at Vairengte along India-Myanmar border for trying to enter Mizoram illegally and were pushed back.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017 after a military crackdown, triggering a massive refugee crisis.

Since January this year, the police have arrested 55 Rohingyas in the North Eastern region.

On January 21 this year, 30 Rohingyas including 12 minors were arrested by police from a Guwahati-bound passenger bus in Assam’s Karimganj district along with Assam-Tripura border.

On February 2 last, seven Assam bound Rohingya children were arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from a railway station in Tripura.

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