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Rohingya problem: Another humanitarian crisis

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As many as 11 Rohingya are presently at the custody of the state law enforcers. Source said, among these Rohinya one or two of them have document of refugees provided by the United Nation. This report about detained Rohingya possessing Refugee status document from the United nation is subject to correction. But the fact is that 11 of them have been detained by the state law enforcers, among which eight were caught from a rented room and three while entering the state at Jiribam Check post.
Under the strict directives of the Chief Minister N . Biren Singh led state government, the law enforcers had doubled their duty and are performing excellent job in keeping under control the influx of illegal immigrants. But being a civilise society which follows democratic form of government, the state need to follow certain rules of law in either arresting, detention or deporting illegal foreigners to their respective countries. It will be inhuman to throw them at anywhere violating provisions under the country’s foreigners’ act.
This column had earlier highlighted over the issue of deporting the Rohingyas, who have no recognised country of its own. India denied granting asylum to them as the country is already facing problem of migrants. And after all the Rohingyas are Muslim by religion at which the government ruling the country have their own agenda on the issue. A critical look on the contents of the citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will certainly make one understand the agenda of the Central government headed by BJP.
Those illegal foreigners (Rohingyas) currently under the custody of the state police will be certainly sent to prison and later the government or the law enforcers will not have any option to once more detain in custody as there is no option left.  It is at this point that Imphal Times argued the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as the Bill is about granting of citizenship to non muslim illegal immigrants if they stayed in any part of the country for over 6 years. If in case the Bill is passed the Rohingyas who are looking for a place for survival will certainly have no problem in converting to any religion which the country will accept as citizen of the country.
The issue did not end here, every literate persons knows that in Manipur, there are many people who cares nothing about the future of the state as long as they can make ‘quick  and easy money’. Stringent laws are there to deals drug smugglers, criminal activities, etc , etc. Records of drug smuggling or criminal activities revealed that there is no dearth for anti social elements who are ready to do anything if it will make them rich overnight.
The apprehension lies here. Recently, three Rohingyas girl were caught while trying to enter the state at Jiribam Foriegner Check post. They have no legal document to prove either their age of residence. But they produced some fake Adhaar cards which the police easily recognised it. The way these Rohinya girls – all in their early twenties or late teens were brought in he state  showed that something fishy is going on as they are being brought by some persons from the state.
Easy money, quick money can also be made from flesh trade – a phenomena being practice across the globe.
It is likely that many of these illegal foreigners who are fighting for survival had entered the state. This will only be known after seeing the changes that is expected in the state in just 2 to 3 years.
Arrest or detention will not be a solution as there are loopholes in deporting them.
The more the Rohingyas are arrested the more the problem will be with the government. And when the number grows then there will be international attention. Some humanitarian organisation will certainly move on to frame some laws to protect the community.
A policy on how to tackle such problem is the need of the hour, as the present scenario have potential of creating another humanitarian crisis in the state.  

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Imphal Times is a daily English newspaper published in Imphal and is registered with Registrar of the Newspapers for India with Regd. No MANENG/2013/51092


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