Kerala Govt to SC: No Rohingya Refugees found linked with ISIS

Alka Verma

Published On: November 23, 2021 at 17:35 IST

On Monday, the State Government of Kerala informed the Supreme Court that among the Rohingya Refugees residing in the State, no one have been found to have any link with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Adding to this, the State Government also informed the Apex Court that in Kerala, no cross-border threat is found to be existing.

The State Government has also stated that it is taking all the necessary steps to recognize the overstaying foreigners who used fake travel documents to enter into the Country.

“No cross-border threat perception existed in Kerala, but the State is having a vast range of coastal areas. Strict instructions have been given to field officers concerned to maintain a close watch on the influx of illegal immigrants through the sea route, by the effective co-operation of Coastal Police, Kadalora Jagratha Samithi and Coast Guard,” stated the State Government.

“So far, no instances of Rohingyas being associated with ISI/ ISIS is reported in the state,” they added.

The Kerala Government informed all this to the Court while replying to Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay .

Recently, Advocate Upadhyay filed a Plea before the Top Court in which he requested the Top Court to pass direction to the Central and State Governments to find and deport all illegal refugees, within one year.

The Kerala Government has informed that no Case against illegal Bangladesh refugees or Rohingyas has been registered under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, in last 5 years.

Adding to this, the State Government also informed the Court that out of 70 Bangladesh nationals arrested in last five years, 57 were deported to Bangladesh and the remaining 13 are undergoing legal proceedings.

At the end, the State Government also informed the Court that the migrants hailing from West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand are residing in Kerala.

The necessary instruction has been to passed to the concerned officer to deal with the illegal immigrants entering the State after introducing themselves as North Indian migrant labourers the Government claimed.

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