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Govt exploring ways to deport 10,000 Rohingyas from J&K

NEW DELHI: More than 10,000 Rohingya Muslims belonging to Myanmar are currently living in Jammu and Kashmir and the central and the state governments are exploring ways on how to identify and deport them.

The Rohingya Muslims are mostly living in Jammu and Samba districts and came to the state after entering India illegally through either Indo-Bangladesh border or Indo-Myanmar border or travelling through the Bay of Bengal.

The issue of Rohingya Muslims, who are living illegally, was discussed at a high-level meeting convened by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Braj Raj Sharma and Director General of Police S P Vaid.

“We are exploring ways on how to identify and deport the Rohingya Muslims,” a Home Ministry official said.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s estimate, Rohingya Muslims are numbered at around 5,700 but it could go up to 10,000.

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