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T'gana polls: Rohingyas warned against voting using fake ID cards

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Rohingyas who turn up at polling stations to vote by obtaining card fraudulently would be arrested and sent to prison, the police warned Thursday.

The Greater Municipal Corporation has identified 105 Rohingyas under its limits who have obtained Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) by enrolling themselves as voters by giving a false declaration stating that they are citizens of India, a civic body said.

"If any Rohingya is found to have obtained EPIC and turns up at the polling booth on December 7, we will arrest that person without any hesitation," Police told

Earlier, a GHMC had said nearly 190 names of people suspected to be Rohingyas, the ethnic minority community in the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar, have figured in the voters list of and neighbouring districts and the officials were in the process of deleting them.

According to a GHMC press release, the community has been migrating to as refugees since 2012 and the influx into Hyderabad started in 2013.

About 5,025 Rohingyas were taking shelter in Hyderabad and its surrounding areas either in refugee camps or in private rented accommodations and the is providing UNHCR ID cards to these refugees in the city, it said.

Enrolling in voters list by submitting false information is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extended to one year, or with fine, or with both, as per Section 31 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (RP Act, 1950).

"A copy of the list containing details of Rohingya voters has been made available with the officers.

In case it is found that Rohingya, who is marked in the ASD (absent, shifted, dead) list, comes to vote then he will be immediately taken into custody and a case will be registered," the GHMC added.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 16:35 IST
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