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Chorus in Jammu for Rohingya eviction, ads in newspapers

NEARLY a year after Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry threatened to “identify and kill’’ Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals settled in the area if they were not deported within a month, various organisations have started attempts to mobilise public opinion against their stay.

Advertisements calling for eviction of Rohingya have started appearing in local newspapers. Some of these advertisements, issued by leaders of organisations like Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Panthers Party, read, “Rohingyas: a tickling time bomb. Evict them to save Jammu’’, and “Threat of Rohingyas loom large over the heads of peace loving Jammuites. Let us unite to save Jammu’’. Panthers Party has held demonstrations, demanding that Rohingya be deported.

The issue gained momentum after three terrorists attacked family quarters inside Sunjuwan military station on February 10 and killed six soldiers and a civilian before being gunned down. A large number of Rohingyas live in civilian areas near the military station.

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