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Rohingyas may use sea routes to sneak into India: Reports

With mounting violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that refugees are expected to employ all means possible to sneak into the country, seeking shelter.


By   |  Updated On : September 18, 2017 08:16 AM
Rohingyas may use sea routes to sneak into India: Reports (File Photo)

Rohingyas may use sea routes to sneak into India: Reports (File Photo)

New Delhi :  

With mounting violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that refugees are expected to employ all means possible to sneak into the country, seeking shelter. 

The security along India-Myanmar border has been heightened, which may force those fleeing violence to take high-risk sea route with help of professional traffickers, a report said. 

Currently, India is home to 40,000 Rohingyas living at camps and shanties in Assam, West Bengal, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

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"The Rohingyas are desperate to sneak into Indian areas such as Bengal. And organised traffickers are likely to use sea routes from Myanmar and Bangladesh to push them into India," senior intelligence officials told Mail Today. "All security agencies concerned have to remain guarded against any such attempt."

The officials said the traffickers involved with the Rohingiyas may use their experience in the Mediterranean where they used large boats and high-speed rafts to send refugees fleeing Syria into Europe in large numbers. 

The agencies are also keeping an eye on the movement from the southern part of Myanmar from where the Rohingiyas may try to enter the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and occupy the various uninhabited islands there.

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The threat of IS links 

The report quoting intelligence agents said that the routes likely to be adopted by Rohingya refugees have been known to be used by a chunk of Islamic State supporters also. 

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First Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 08:10 AM


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