According to the central government estimates, around 40,000 Rohingyas may be living in India illegally. They have arrived in the country through porous India-Myanmar and India-Bangladesh borders in separate batches since 2012-13
While the central government has stated categorically that it is in favour of deporting Rohingyas living in the country illegally, the separatist leaders of the Kashmir Valley today called a protest march against alleged “persecution” of Rohingya Muslims to show solidarity with them. The protests turned violent at several places.
Earlier, Head of Al-Qaeda’s offshoot Ansar Gazawat-ul-Hind in Kashmir, Zakir Musa expressed solidarity with Rohingyas living in Jammu. In a 10-minute-long audio clip, Zakir Musa warned the Narendra Modi government against deporting Rohingyas from India.
The support for Rohingyas from separatists and Al-Qaeda offshoot’s has made the government’s case of deportation of the illegal refugees stronger. The government has already said that the presence of such a vulnerable population in the country poses security risks to the country.
TERROR LINKS OF ROHINGYAS
Around October last year, reports surfaced that a Rohingya terror group, known as Aqa Mul Mujahideen (AMM) was in touch with terrorist outfits active in Jammu and Kashmir including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
It was reported that AMM emerged from Harkat-ul Jihad Islami-Arakan (HuJI-A) in Myanmar. The terrorists of the AMM were said to be trained in Pakistan. The AMM had been held responsible for bombing in border regions of Myanmar.
There were also reports that Rohingya terrorists were being sent to Kashmir Valley along with Pakistani mercenaries. One Chotta Burmi of Rohingya ethnic group was killed in an encounter Kashmir in 2015. Burmi was said to have received patronage of Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.
Myanmar government, on its part, has maintained that jihadi elements caused conflicts between Rohingyas and Buddhists in Rakhine province. Some reports blamed a terror attack on Myanmar border police last year on a militant group called Harakah al-Yakin, better known as the Faith Movement.
The Faith Movement was formed by Mecca-based Ata Ullah after 2012 riots between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists. The Faith Movement is said to be working in coordination with the AMM led by Havistoohar, who is said to have received a six-month training by the Taliban in Pakistan.
THE AL-QAEDA CONNECTION
In 2013, Al-Qaeda was reported to be setting eyes on the northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka to expand its base. Interestingly, Al-Qaeda is said to have been founded by the Inter-Services Intelligence at Peshawar in 1988 after the USSR withdrew from Afghanistan and the Kashmir insurgency plan had been given shape by it.
Al-Qaeda terrorist Ustad Farooq, a Pakistani national was entrusted to job to recruit from Rohingya Muslims, who were by that time fleeing their country following clashes and police action. Around that time, Assam intelligence reports said that jehadi forces including ISIS were attracting Assamese and Myanmarese youths.
With the inputs from India Today