RPF/GRP on HIGH ALERT: Huge number of Rohingya Muslims travelling to South Indian states by Trains!

Rohingya Muslims cannot read/write/talk any local Indian language. But they can converse in Urdu or Arabic. In contrast, Indian Muslims can either read/write/converse in any of the local Indian language of the region they originally belongs to! Hence Rohingya Muslims can be easily identifiable on language test; says Intelligence Officials.

NEW DELHI: The intelligence officials have sent a confidential letter to the Railway Divisional Security commissioners in Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad informing them about the mass movement of Rohingya immigrants from northeast states of the country to southern states through several long-distance trains.

According to the reports, the Railway Board after receiving the letter has directed the Railway Protection Force across all the Railway Divisions to watch out for any movements of Rohingyas towards the southern states. The RPF officers have been instructed to find the Rohingya immigrants and hand over them to the local police, as they are considered to be a security risk.

Ethnic similarity of Rohingya Muslims to that of Indians makes it difficult to identify them easily; making it a difficult job for security forces to nab them.

The confidential report has listed the details of 14 trains travelling from the Eastern and North-East regions like West Bengal and Assam to the southern states. Reportedly, all these trains run on popularly routes also known as the migrant corridor where a lot of migrant labourers from like eastern states travel to the southern state in search of work.

“All Rohingyas are travelling in groups along with their families. Officers and staff under your control may be sensitized about their movement. If they are found in trains, they may be handed over to the police having jurisdiction for further action. Action taken report may be sent to this office at the earliest for the perusal of the PCSC,” the letter, signed by P Sethu Madhavan from the office of the Principal Chief Security Commissioner of the RPF said.

Rohingya Muslims can be easily identifiable by their language. Generally Indian Muslims speak Urdu or Arabic language while can read/write/converse in any one of the local/native Indian languages too like Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. However Rohingya Muslims entering India illegally from neighbouring countries can never know any Indian language. Speaking just Urdu/Arabic will not make them prove to be Indians. Intelligence officials urge Public and State Police to be vigilant, cross check their language and also apply various strategies to know the antecedents of strangers. Intelligence officials also warned that Rohingya Muslims will possibly try to convince the interrogators that they belong to West Bengal, Bihar or Assam and are moving towards south as construction labourers. Officials further warn that many have already taken shelter in the suburbs of various towns and cities of South India and opened various outlets like pan shops, mutton/chicken vending units, also roam in illegal vans selling clothes in disguise of sellers, sell samosas and masala items in trains by entraining/detraining in the outers of the Railway stations etc.

Rohingyas Muslim minority people living in the Rakhine province of Myanmar have been entering inside the country after an alleged attack by the Myanmar Army to protect their country from radical nature of Islamisation. According to the Central government intelligence and police agencies, the Rohingyas could pose a severe security threat. It has said that the Rohingyas are the vulnerable towards radicalization and may Rohingyas have involved in the illegal activities in the country as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).  There are more than 5,00,000 illegal Rohingyas settled across India from Jammu to Kerala, and Gujarat to Tripura. 

Recently, it was also reported that how few Rohingya immigrants had been arrested in Hyderabad for obtaining Aadhaar cards, passports, PAN cards, drivers’ license, Mobile SIM Cards with Smart Phones, voter ID and opening bank accounts claiming to be Indian nationals. There are many Rohingya muslims in Hyderabad outskirts and people in Hyderabad are also quite unaware of their activities. Many innocent village women are being lured by Rohingya muslims towards sex and are being brutally killed in the outskirts of Hyderabad, and the localities/villages in and around Chandrayanagutta and Shamshabad International Airport locations are witnessing huge number of Rohingya muslims illegal activities. “Many VIP movements happen from International Airport towards Hyderabad city and it is highly sensitive security issue for the region”, the police claim.

Due to ethnic similarity it could be difficult to identify a Rohingya Muslim; and language test one of the best means to catch the illegal entry of Rohingya Muslims.

Why aren’t Muslim countries absorbing the Rohingya?

On September 11, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued a scathing statement criticizing Myanmar for its systemic persecution of the Muslim ethnic Rohingya. At this critical juncture, the Indian government’s decision to deport Rohingya refugees is being questioned by Indian Muslim leaders and intellectuals, who believe that this goes against India’s Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (‘the world is one family’) tradition.

The Founder-President of the All-India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhauchwi has demanded that the Government of India should shelter the refugees. Syed Salman Chishti, a noted Sufi activist, Dargah Ajmer Sharif says: “Atithi devo bhava (‘the guest is equivalent to God’) is not only a promo for the tourism department [but also] a well-established and deep-rooted culture of India”.

But a key question usually overlooked is the silence over Muslim countries not stepping up to absorb the distressed Rohingya? According to Amnesty International report “Left Out In The Cold”, the Gulf Cooperation Council—which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE—has failed to absorb a single Syrian refugee since the crisis began in 2011. These Muslim countries, which are among the wealthiest nations, do extend financial aid and large donations to the Muslim immigrants and refugees. But they have stopped well short of absorbing them as citizens or even refugees. This also raises another question: why do Indian Muslim leaders remain silent spectators when human rights of religious minorities are violated in predominantly Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other parts of the Islamic world?

Indian Muslim outfits like the AIUMB, Jamiat ul-Ulama-e Hind (JUH) and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) have rightly urged the Indian government, United Nations and international human rights organizations to help the Rohingya, who in some estimations are facing genocide at the hands of the Myanmar authorities in the Rakhine region.

While expressing concern over killings of Rohingyas, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demanded that the United Nations, the OIC and various human rights organizations “pressurize the [Myanmar] government to stop killing their own countrymen, restore their citizenship, remove all restrictions on their travel and focus on their social and economic upliftment”, as reported by the Jamaat’s mouthpiece India Tomorrow.

Similarly, the Jamiat ul-Ulama-e Hind (JUH) has urged the United Nations to convene a Security Council meeting to set a deadline for Myanmar to change its attitude towards the Rohingya Muslims. JUH has also urged the Indian government to grant refuge to Rohingyas seeking asylum in India. “In this regard, India should follow the developed nations, including the European Union,” the JUH said, as  reported in The Times of India.

But these Islamic organizations in India barely voice their opinion when grievous human rights violations occur in predominantly Muslim countries at the behest of their regimes or Islamist terror outfits. So, the question arises: are human rights to be accorded only to Muslim minorities living in the non-Islamic countries? Does the ulemaand Islamic leaders ever condemn it when thousands of Muslim girls are kidnapped and indoctrinated into the idea of the ‘Islamic State’ and then exploited and maimed in the name of Nikah al-Jihad?

The Rohingya crisis is essentially a human rights issue. Of course, the Indian government’s plan to deport some 5,00,000 Rohingya will not go down well with the country’s centuries-old pluralistic ethos. India has a long record of helping vulnerable populations fleeing from neighboring countries, including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Tibet. Most importantly, the Rohingya refugees should be helped on humanitarian grounds, and not on the basis of religion. Those trying to determine the refugees’ lot on the basis of religion rather than humanity have ulterior motives.

It is also imperative that the Indian government drops the existing religious criteria in its refugee law. The Government of India has proposed the amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make the naturalization process easier. But regrettably, the new bill only benefits people belonging to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism, which are considered minority religions in their countries of origin. The exclusion of displaced Muslims is a stark omission.

Though India is not a signatory to any international treaties  obligating it to offer refuge, it has always sheltered refugees fleeing conflict and disaster, be they be Syrian Christians, the Malabar Jews, or the Parsis of Iran who fled persecution. Therefore, the deportation of the Rohingyas will be a significant departure from this humane tradition that has shaped India’s foreign policy as well as its position in the global order.

Remarkably, the Supreme Court of India has sought to know the government’s stand on a plea challenging its plan to deport Rohingya refugees. Also, it is gratifying to note that the Indian government has assured that it is “not going to shoot them or throw them into the ocean”.