Settlement of Rohingyas, Bangladeshis in J&K cause of concern: Harsh

NPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh at press conference in Jammu.
NPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh at press conference in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 25: Describing the influx of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu as a potential threat to the cultural, historical and religious identity of Jammu, Harsh Dev Singh chairman JKNPP and Former Minister lambasted the incumbent Government for its despicable apathy in addressing the grave issue.
He regretted that BJP leadership was merely issuing press statements for public consumption and playing to the galleries deliriously oblivious of the fact that it was no longer in opposition but was running the Government both in New Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.
While addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh revealed that lakhs of Rohingyas who were persecuted and forced to leave the native land by the Myanmar (Burma) Army because of their involvement in the subversive activities entered India through Indo-Bangladesh border.
He said that the State Government had admitted on the floor of the House that there were several thousands of Burmese families who had unlawfully settled in the outskirts of Jammu city and Samba  besides several thousand immigrants from Bangladesh were also believed to have inhabited the city illegally who had been living in fabricated shanties and slums at some of the congested colonies including Rajiv Nagar, Kassim Nagar, Narwal, Bhatindi, Borhi, Channi Himmat, Nagrota and areas adjoining the Bahu Fort besides others.
Similarly, thousands of Tibetan Muslim refugees who were forced to flee China had been settled by the State Government in the colonies located at Idgah, Badamwari and Gulshan Mohalla in Kashmir and Ladakh, he added. Smelling a deep rooted conspiracy hatched by certain unscrupulous forces to settle the immigrants in the colonies encircling the Jammu city,  Singh maintained that these immigrants had been settled here by several NGOs and Madrassas who had illegally managed to procure PRCs, identity cards, ration cards, water and electricity connections for their daily needs by conniving with some politicians and officials in the administration.
Disconcerted by the series of draconian events in the militancy infested State,  Singh said that mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, communal hegemony of secessionist forces in Kashmir, glorification of militants and now State Government’s silence over the unlawful settlement of foreign nationals in clusters and denying PRCs to the WPRs was undoubtedly intriguing and diabolical in nature.
Harsh Dev Singh regretted that while the Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladeshis could manage to settle in the Jammu in recent years besides Tibetan refugees enjoying the voting rights in Kashmir, ironically the West Pak Refugees being the citizens of India who crossed over to Jammu to survive the massacre of partition were struggling for the State subject rights since 1947. Fearing the sinister inhabitation of Rohingyas in Jammu as a ‘ticking time bomb’, Harsh Dev Singh said that these immigrants reportedly involved in several criminal and subversive antecedents were prone to ‘Jehadi extremism’ in the militancy hit State being close to belligerent Pakistan.