Are Rohingya Muslims part of a new outfit called Harakah al-Yaqin
A new insurgent group called the Harakah al-Yaqin comprising Rohingya Muslims is under the scanner of the Intelligence Bureau. It is believed to comprise Rohingya Muslims and the groups spreads across India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
B Mahtab, a BJD leader took the Lok Sabha by storm when he pointed out that there were over 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in India. He said that all of them had entered India illegally are in Jammu. He said that they have all got Aadhaar cards. While quoting a report by Brussels based International crisis group, he said that they had entered through the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
He urged the government to take action. The need of the hour is immediate action and let us not wait for a cloudburst to happen, he also said.
The statements by the leader come in the wake of the Home Ministry seeking a report on the Rohingya Muslims. The government had sought to identify and deport those living illegally.
Who are the Rohingya Muslims:
- They are a Muslim minority group in Myanmar. There are around 1.33 million Rohingya in Myanmar.
- They have claimed a lineage in Rakhine. However in 1982 the Citizenship Law, enacted by Myanmar's former military government, excluded them from a list of more than 100 groups recognised as ethnic minorities. This rendered them stateless.
- Today they face several restrictions. They cannot travel and seek medical treatment or get married without official permission.
- Communal violence in 2012 killed at least 192 people and uprooted 146,000 people from their homes.
- 86,000 people left Rakhine by boat between June 2012 and April 2014 to start new lives.