Rachakonda police sets record straight, says 4,835 Rohingyas living in Hyderabad

The Rachakonda police, on 28 November, said there are 4,835 Rohingyas in the city. They have the biometric details of 4,561 Rohingyas while those of 274 Rohingyas are still pending.

By Sumit Jha  Published on  28 Nov 2020 1:43 PM GMT
Rachakonda police sets record straight, says 4,835 Rohingyas living in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police, on 28 November, said there are 4,835 Rohingyas in the city. They have the biometric details of 4,561 Rohingyas while those of 274 Rohingyas are still pending.

A total of 65 cases have been registered against Rohingyas in the city and two of these cases are against Bangladeshi immigrants. So far, the police have arrested 135 Rohingyas and in three of these cases the accused have been convicted. In one case the person was convicted for two years, in another case, the accused was convicted for a year for arranging fake documents, and in one case a person was convicted for six months for theft.

The police have seized 97 fake documents from several Rohingyas, of which 42 are Aadhar cards, 24 voter IDs, four driving licenses, 14 PAN cards, 11 passports, and two bank passbooks. According to the police, most of the Rohingyas are arrested in the city for illegal documents. They have not confirmed how and where they procure these fake documents.

The police also said that 24 cases related to fake Aadhar cards, 15 related to voter IDs, four related to driving licenses, 10 related to PAN cards, nine cases related to passports, and two related to bank accounts have been registered.

The police released the details after a local daily published an article about Rohingyas. The Rachakonda police said, "The Telugu daily has published wrong news about Rohingyas in Hyderabad and those arrested for fake documents." Hence, to set the record straight they have released these data.

Rohingyas started appearing in the news after BJP Telangana chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar said they will launch a 'surgical strike' in the Old City to evict Rohingyas and illegal Pakistanis. Later, the Union minister of textile Smrithi Irani said the AIMIM in the city has written a letter to the Centre asking to provide documents for the Rohingyas.

Rohingyas hold refugee cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which are legitimate identification cards that are valid across the world. The Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar were, in fact, allowed to settle in Hyderabad and other cities by the Central government about a decade ago.


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