By MD Rafique & Arafat | RVision TV News
Jammu, India — Members of a far right-wing Hindu political party burned down at least five Rohingya Refugee camps in Jammu state of India in two separate incidents respectively on Sunday and Monday, it has been reported.
More than 60 members of J&K National Panthers Party, a far right-wing political party in Jammu and Kashmir, held protests against the presence of the Rohingya refugees at ‘Bhagwati Nagar’ region at around 12:00 noon on Sunday (Feb 19), calling for their expulsion from the region.
At 11:00 PM night, apparently members of the party sneaked into a cluster of the refugee camps located at ‘Bhagwati Nagar’ and burnt down three huts. Two more huts were burnt down in the absence of the refugee members on Monday (Feb 20) morning, when they went to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) office to seek help regarding the incident took place at the night earlier.
The refugee members are said to have lodged a complaint to the local police but the police failed to take effective measures against the culprits. The UNHCR has provided the refugees with two lawyers to give the legal assistances to the refugees affected by the fire.
The huts razed belonged to following refugees and their family members:
- Zafar Alam s/o Sayed Amin
- Noor Islam s/o Ulah Meah
- Zafar s/o Kamrul Hoque
- Mamtazul Hoque s/o Noor Mohammed
- Ruhul Amin s/o Sultan Ahmed
At around 2:50 PM on Thursday (Feb 23) again, members of the J&K National Panthers Party torched some more huts but the refugee members managed to extinguish the fire before it could do any damages.
“They sneak into our camps if they see no one. And they try to torch camps. When we chase them, they flee and take protections in the Mandirs (temples). We are worried”, said a Rohingya Refugee in Jammu.
The members of the Rohingya refugees, in Jammu, although they are living in fear of being targeted further by the extremist political party members, are still optimistic and thankful to the state government as well as the locals for allowing them to live in the region.
“See this wasn’t done by the government. We rather are thankful to them for living us to live here. This was done by the members of the extremist political party, who want to drive us out from this place, with a vested political interest. We request to the concerned authorities to give us protections. Many of us are living in fear”, said Amin, Rohingya Refugee in Jammu, while speaking to our correspondent.
Approximately 2,300 refugee families have been living in Jammu and Kashmir States after fleeing the violence going on in their homeland back in Myanmar (Burma) since 2012. There are 60 families living in the cluster of the refugees at Bhagwati Nagar, which is being targeted by J&K National Panthers Party.
[Additional reports by SK Abdul Khan & Ali Johar; Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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