JAMMU, Dec 5: Rohingya refugees, who have found safe heaven in Jammu and Kashmir, pose a threat to the security of people in the region and should be “thrown out” of the State, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad today said.
State VHP President Leela Karan Sharma sought to link the terror attack at Nagrota, Samba and other places to the refugees from Myanmar, saying the strikes were not possible “without local support and hideouts”.
“We oppose their settlement in Jammu. The State Government should throw out these foreigners out of the State. They should not be allowed to set up clusters on Government or private land. It’s a risk to the security of people and the Army,” he said .
“A very deep-rooted conspiracy is being hatched by the refugees from Myanmar. Their number, according to Government figures released last year, is 5,700. It must have increased by now,” the VHP leader said.
Jammu and Kashmir is a sensitive State a victim of militancy and the Kashmir valley has seen “forced migration of Hindu families, but the Rohingya refugees were settled in clusters. People in the administration gave them ration, water and electricity connections”, he claimed.
“It is strange how the refugees, after crossing the Indo-Bangla border and crossing the entire country have come to Jammu,” he said, adding why did not they took refuge in the neighbourhood of their country and travelled so far off place from Rohingya.
A VHP delegation also met the Divisional Commissioner Jammu and apprised him of the issue, Sharma said.
Sharma said the settlement of these refugees in Jammu can prove dangerous. He said a NGO is working day and night to provide them water material for reconstruction of their huts, water connections and electricity and other facilities so that they initially construct their huts and by passage of time they can construct the pacca houses.
Sharma said already thousands of Bangladeshis are settled in different clusters around the city which too is an alarming situation and VHP has demanded eviction of all the foreign refugees.
He said VHP will also discuss this situation with cross section of society.
Suresh Chander working president VHP, Shakti Dutt Sharma its general secretary, Ajay Manhas, Abhishek Gupta, Rakesh Sharma, Vicky Choudhary and others were present in the press conference.