Jammu & Kashmir

74 Rohingya Muslims arrested in UP for staying without valid documents

A view of shanties where Rohingyas reside at Kirana Talab area of Jammu. Many families fled the area after authorities started a verification and detention drive against them. [FPK File Photo/ Umar Farooq]

’16 are females including two minors and 58 are men including three minors’

Lucknow: The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh on Monday said that it has arrested 74 Rohingya Muslims who allegedly entered India from Myanmar and Bangladesh illegally before reaching various districts of western parts of the state.

The information was verified by district and field units, and on Monday, with the help of local police, ATS conducted a drive and apprehended 74 Rohingya Muslims from the state, Special DG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said in a statement issued.

Among them, 16 are females including two minors and 58 are men including three minors, he said. Legal action is underway against them in the district by lodging FIRs, he said. A maximum of 31 were held from Mathura followed by 17 in Aligarh, 16 in Hapur, four each in Ghaziabad and Meerut and two in Saharanpur, it said.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes following an alleged crackdown by the Myanmarese military.

The crackdown was part of CM Yogi Adityanath’s emphasis on a strict check on those living in the state without valid documents, the government said in a release.

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