Published On: December 15, 2021 at 15:40 IST
Ten rohingya’s of two related families Appealed to the Guwahati High Court to either grant them refugee status or to send them back to Myanmar. Apparently, they are lodged in Assam’s Tezpur central jail for the last seven years after they were Arrested for entering India without any valid documents.
The Petitioners are Saidur Rahman, his wife Tahara Begum and their three children, his brother Mahmad Ulla, his wife Rumana Begum and their three children, who belong to Coundang village in Buthidaung of Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Earlier this month, the HC’s order acknowledging the Plea of the Petitioners observed that the authorities were not taking any decisions in this regard and the Petitioners were languishing in jail because of that.
Anita Verma, special Counsel for foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam has sought some time to take instructions from the state government on the course of action that they may adopt for the Petitioners.
The Court has listed this matter for hearing on December 16.
Earlier in August 2017, the Centre had announced the plan to deport all the rohingya refugees living in India and the then Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had called them Illegal immigrants, showing indifference even to those registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The United Nation (UN) had heavily criticized the decision.