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Increase vigil along borders, foil Rohingya incursion: Govt to forces

The government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Security forces deployed along India's borders with and Myanmar have been alerted by the to remain extra vigil to foil attempts by Rohingya Muslims to enter India, a home ministry official said.

In a communication, the home ministry asked the Border Security Force (BSF), deployed along the 4,096-km Indo- border, and the Rifles, which guards the 1,643-km border, to intensify vigil.


The two border guarding forces were asked to remain extra vigilant so that no illegal immigrant could enter India, the home ministry official said.

The move came after the told the Supreme that Rohingyas were "illegal" immigrants and some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" security threat.

The told on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following a crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes in Rakhine state recently to escape a military crackdown. It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein had said.

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 20:27 IST
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