BSF, Assam Rifles asked to keep an eye on Rohingyas

| | New Delhi

Union Home Ministry on Thursday directed Border Security Force (BSF) and Assam Rifles to maintain extra vigil to foil attempts by Rohingya Muslims to enter India.

The move came after the Government told the Supreme Court that Rohingyas were "illegal" immigrants and some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat.

BSF is guarding 4096-km Indo-Bangladesh border and Assam Rifles guards 1643-km Indo-Myanmar border. Meanwhile, India's ambassador to Myanmar, Vikram Misri, was among the 50 diplomats who visited Rakhine state of Myanmar on October 2.

The diplomats were taken to nearly half a dozen villages in northern districts of Maungdaw and Rathedaung (of Rakhine). The visit was arranged by the Myanmar government.

The details of the visit and subsequent observations are not available


The government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.



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