Guwahati: Unhindered entry of Rohingya and Myanmar citizens through different borders in the North East has become a security concern for the region and India.
Fourteen Myanmar nationals trying to board a flight to Delhi with fake Aadhaar cards were arrested at Imphal airport on Saturday (October 2). These people are using fake aadhar cards to board the flight. The chief minister of Manipur N Biren Singh said that the state government has taken this matter very seriously. Stringent actions will be taken up against those people who enter the country without proper documents. There are almost 6000 Myanmar refugees taking shelter in Manipur. Most of them are Rohingya.
Scores of Rohingyas had been arrested in Assam also in the past several months. Assam police arrested 24 Rohingyas in Guwahati and Badarpur railway station while travelling to Delhi and Agartala in July this year. Police also arrested 3 Indian Muslim handlers of the arrested Rohingyas. These handlers help the Rohingyas to enter Assam, Tripura through Bangladesh borders and Manipur, Mizoram through Myanmar border.
One Indian Muslim handler, Aman Ullah of Nagrota Jammu, was also arrested from Guwahati with a group of Rohingyas, including women and children. In his confession before the railway police, Aman Ullah said that he was trying to set up a network base for Arakan Rohingya Solvency Army (ARSA) in Assam and North East. After his sensational confession, the case has been transferred to NIA for further investigation. It has been learned from the intelligence agency in Guwahati that few Bangladesh based Islamic militant organizations are helping displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar to establish its radical terrorist outfit.
Reports suggest that Pakistani notorious intelligence agency ISI is behind this planning. The ARSA is trying to get sympathetic support from Muslims in Assam and Manipur. It is worth mentioning that a section of migrant Muslims in Assam is demanding refugee status for Rohingyas in the state. In that case, it will be slightly easy for the ARSA to find sympathy and support in the Muslim areas of Assam bordering Bangladesh. The scenario is not much different in Manipur.
If this plan of the Rohingya Muslims actualized in the North East, it would be a major security concern for the region and the country. Moreover, Assam police, last month, had arrested 26 Myanmar nationals who were travelling to Delhi using fake aadhar cards and college identity cards to study Bibel in the national capital.