Be extra vigilant against influx of Rohingyas: Rajnath to States

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2017

"All chief ministers have assured us that they will take initiatives", Rajnath said.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting in Calcutta with representatives of five states that share borders with Bangladesh, including chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Home Minister said, NDA government has been giving highest priority to secure India's worldwide border by putting in place a robust system to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce.

Influx of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis though the porous Indo-Bangla border has been a major concern for India.

Others present at the meeting included Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs; Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam; and Lal Thanwala, Chief Minister of Mizoram.

"The Union home secretary, Rajiv Gauba, pointed out that fencing along the Bangladesh border had hit a roadblock in Bengal because of non-availability of land".

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This would be the fourth meeting of the chief ministers of states, which share worldwide borders, called by the Indian home minister.

According to official estimates, around 36,000 Rohingyas are now living in various parts of India.

The minister "stressed on the need to prevent entry, at worldwide borders, of illegal immigrants some of whom have links with extremist groups for furthering anti-national activities with ulterior motives and posing threat to internal security", said a home ministry press release issued after the meeting.

Almost 9-10 lakh Rohingya Muslims are estimated to have migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar due to alleged persecution by the Myanmar military and the possibility of a spillover into India can not be ruled out, he had said.

"The state governments have to be extra vigilant against the Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants", he said, flagging the Central Government's priority to check the illegal immigrants from Myanmar through Bangladesh.

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