PIL to shift illegal Myanmar, Bangladeshi immigrants

Jammu, Aug 21: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Hunar Gupta, seeking direction to State of J&K for appointing and issue necessary directions to a Former Retired Judge to hold an inquiry to identify all the illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who have migrated into the State of J&K, a Division Bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court at its Jammu Wing comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice BS Walia after hearing Advocate Deewakar Sharma for the PIL, ASGI Sindhu Sharma for the Union of India, Deputy Advocate General Raman Sharma for the State besides Advocates Shah Faisal and Fazal Abdali for the intervenor, granted six weeks time to the respondents to file preliminary objections/ counter affidavit.
The Public Interest Litigation has further sought direction to State to shift all the illegal immigrants of Myanmar and Bangladesh from the State of Jammu and Kashmir to any other place as no Refugee Camp has ever been declared either by State of Jammu and Kashmir or by the United Nations in State of Jammu and Kashmir.
The PIL also seeks direction for withdrawal of all benefits given to the illegal immigrants of Bangladesh and Myanmar from the state exchequer and from the scheme and benefits meant for the residents of State of Jammu and Kashmir as during the last few years there is abrupt increase in number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar.
As per the government version 13400 Myanmari and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants are living in various areas of Jammu and Kashmir. However, the actual figures are much more than the official figures. It has been submitted that in 1982 the Myanmar Government declared them as non-nationals which led to their migration to neighbouring Bangladesh, Thailand and even Pakistan.
However they were not welcomed in these countries as well. This led to their influx into India through porous border with Bangladesh. Almost 1700 Rohangia families comprising approximately 8500 souls (official figures are 1286 and 5000) live in various settlement colonies of Jammu and Kashmir. The land mafia of state of Jammu and Kashmir in order to encroach upon the state land natural resources of the state especially forest areas as well as water bodies, these illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar are first settled in forest areas and near water bodies.
It has been further submitted that many of the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have acquired ration cards, voter cards, Aadhar cards as well as permanent resident certificates illegally and they are suspected to be involved in various anti-national activities such as drug trafficking, Hawala transactions etc. at the behest of enemies of the nation.
Due to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar there will be increase in pro-separatist as well as anti-Indian activities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir especially in the communally sensitive Jammu region which has so far displayed maturity and tolerance. The PIL claims that in view of the facts and circumstances submitted in the PIL, immediately necessary directions are required to be issued to the respondents for shifting these immigrants to their native places. JNF