States Asked To Identify Rohingya, Collect Biometric Data: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in Kolkata to attend a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council

Kolkata, West Bangal: 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the government has asked states to identify Rohingya refugees in their territories. The centre 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 report to the Centre. Then Central government will initiate action through diplomatic channels with Myanmar and get it resolved,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said at a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council on Monday in Kolkata.

Rajnath Singh had earlier said all Rohingyas in India were “illegal immigrants” as none of them had applied for asylum as refugees, asked opposition parties not to make it a “political issue”.

“The presence of Rohingyas are not only confined to the northeastern states. They have reached south Indian states including Kerala,” Mr Singh told a meeting of the BJP’s Kerala state council last Thursday.

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