Rohingya crisis: What about crime and fake documents among refugees?

The government’s charge that some Rohingyas get fake Indian documents does hold some water. 

Published: 21st September 2017 08:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2017 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The government’s charge that some Rohingyas get fake Indian documents does hold some water. “There have been three arrests till now of persons possessing fake Aadhaar cards. A few criminal cases have also been booked against Rohingyas. We are on constant vigil coordinating with the Intelligence Bureau, the Counter Terrorist department, and UNHCR,” said V Satyanarayana, deputy commissioner of police.

Mazher Hussain of the Confederation of Voluntary Agencies agrees that there are a few refugees who procure fake identity cards for a better future, but they are counseled against doing so. “Not all do such illegal activity. We counsel them. We urge the authorities to take action against agents who organise this illegal business,” he said.

According to a source, Indian agents arrange fake documents for about `20,000. Given that the only identity they can possibly attain is a UNHCR card — which does not ensure them employment or education — some are pushed to try and get fake documents.

On the question of national security, DCP Satyanarayana said that “three terror modules were detected among the Rohingyas over a period of four years”. However, he offered no details.

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