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India detains more Rohingiya refugees in New Delhi

Munawar Zaman
Press TV, New Delhi

After detaining hundreds of Rohingiya refugees in Jammu Region, India has arrested dozens more in the capital New Delhi. The refugee community is in utter panic and despair as many fear about their fate.

Indian police raided and detained a family in this refugee camp in the outskirts of New Delhi. Members of the community say the police detained a family of six without any reasons giving them no chance of even having their breakfast. The whole community is terrified and panic has gripped the entire camps about their fate.

There is an uneasy calm and sense of fear in this camp after dozens were detained in recent weeks. Now people are more fearful anticipating their turn which they say is inevitable after years of vicious campaigns against their expulsion from India.

A refugee who did not wanted to be named says police and law enforcement agencies frequently visit their camps and ask for their details, he says the visits are more frequent since last few weeks.

Minority Rohingiya Muslims have for decades fled to neighboring Bangladesh and other countries, including India escaping genocide in their country. Estimates suggest some 40,000 Rohingiya refugees are living across different states of India.

Rights groups have urged India to halt any deportation plan saying conditions in Myanmar are not conducive. They say the Indian government should uphold its international obligations and protect those in need of refuge within its borders saying India has hosted refugees from many countries since decades but adapted an aggressive approach towards Rohingiya Muslims in particular.

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