No terror proof yet on Rohingya

The BSF has found no objectionable material, arms or proof of terror links from 87 Rohingya Muslims apprehended so far, a disclosure that assumes significance against the backdrop of the Centre describing them as a security threat.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 30.11.17
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New Delhi: The BSF has found no objectionable material, arms or proof of terror links from 87 Rohingya Muslims apprehended so far, a disclosure that assumes significance against the backdrop of the Centre describing them as a security threat.

"The Rohingya issue is very complicated. Our policy is not to arrest them but push them back. If we arrest them, they will become a liability and then there will be a process to identify them. So we just push them back," BSF director-general K.K. Sharma said on Wednesday.

Of the 87 held, 76 have been pushed to Bangladesh and the rest will be sent there soon, sources said.

BSF sources said the Rohingya were trying to enter India in search of jobs and better staying conditions than what is available in camps in Bangladesh.

In September, the Centre had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court describing the Rohingya as a security threat and claimed to have evidence that 40,000 people of the community living in India had links with terrorist groups.