New Delhi Correspondent
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the government has asked the states to identify Rohingya in their territories as India plans to take up the issue through diplomatic channels with Myanmar.
“States have been told to identify them (Rohingyas). They have to take their biometrics also. After that, they’ll send a report to the Centre (federal Indian government). Then federal government will initiate action through diplomatic channels with Myanmar and get it resolved,” Rajnath told a meeting of eastern Indian states in Kolkata.
Rajnath had earlier said all Rohingya in India were “illegal immigrants” as none of them had applied for asylum as refugees. Meanwhile, Rajnath has convened a meeting with Indigenous National People of Tripura (INPT) on National Registration of Citizen (NRC) for the north eastern state bordering Bangladesh, official sources said. The meeting is scheduled to be held on October 4 in Delhi and will be participated by Singh and senior officials of the Home Ministry.
The meeting is seen as a follow-up by the Home Ministry after the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura submitted memoranda to President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath in August demanding NRC in Tripura like in adjacent Assam where 40.7 lakh people were excluded from the final draft NRC.
“We have got an official invitation to attend a meeting with the union home minister on NRC in Tripura in Rajnath Singh’s office in New Delhi, on October 4,” INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma said here.
INPT president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhwal and Debbarma himself would participate in the meeting on NRC, Debbarma said adding they will highlight the problem of infiltration in Tripura, which shares 856 km international border with Bangladesh., Debbarma said. He said INPT would stick to its main demand for NRC with 1951 as the cut-off year to identify those who came over to Tripura from the then East Pakistan.
Those who had infiltrated to the border state after 1951 must be identified through NRC, he said.