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Five Rohingya deported to Myanmar

Five Rohingya, who entered Assam illegally in 2014 to escape ethnic violence, were deported to Myanmar on Thursday.

Five Rohingya, who entered Assam illegally in 2014 to escape ethnic violence, were deported to Myanmar on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Five Rohingya, who had entered Assam illegally in 2014, were on Thursday deported to Myanmar at Moreh, a border town in Manipur.

Officials said all five — Mohammad Riyas, Ahmed Hussain, Mohammad Ayas, Toyaba Khatun and Azida Begum — were from Buthitang area of Myanmar and had probably sneaked into India to escape ethnic violence in the neighbouring country.

An Assam police officer, declining to be quoted, said the Myanmar nationals were lodged in a detention centre for foreigners at Tezpur in north-central Assam’s Sonitpur district. He said that the Border Police — a unit that deals with illegal migrants — had liaised with officials in Manipur for verifying the addresses of the five with the Myanmar authorities.

“The deportation process was take up after the five said they would like to go back home,” the officer said.

This is the second such deportation after seven Rohingya, lodged in southern Assam’s Silchar jail, were sent back in October last year.

An Assam Home Department official said 20 Rohingya are still lodged in the Goalpara, Tezpur and Silchar detention centres.

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