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JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Adv Hunar Gupta Incharge BJP law & Legal Affiars Department, seeking direction to J&K Govt for deporting all illegal immigrants and issuing necessary directions to a former Retired Judge to hold an inquiry to identify all illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in J&K, the Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and First Puisne Judge Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey after hearing Sr Advocate Sunil Sethi with Adv Parimoksh Seth for petitioner, directed Government to file response within a month that what measures the Government is taking or proposes to take to identify and to take proper action with regard to illegal immigrants.In the PIL, further directions have been sought to State for shifting all illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh from State of J&K to any other place as no refugee camp has ever been declared either by erstwhile State of J&K or United Nation. It also sought directions for withdrawal of all benefits provided to illegal immigrants of Bangladeshi and Myanmar from the state exchequer and from scheme and benefits meant for residents of J&K, as from last few years there is an abrupt increase in number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar. As per Government version, 13,400 Myanmari and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants are living in various areas of J&K. However, the actual figures are much more than the official figures. It was submitted that in 1982, Myanmar Government declared them as non-national which led to their migration to neighbouring Bangladesh, Thailand and even Pakistan, however they were not welcomed in that countries. It led to their influx into India through porous border with Bangladesh and almost 1700 Rohingia families comprising approximately 8,500 souls (official figures are 1,286 and 5,000) live in various settlement colonies of J&K. To encroach upon state land natural resources, especially forest areas as well as water bodies, these illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar are first settled in forest areas and near water-bodies. It was submitted that many of the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have acquired ration card, voter card, Aadhar cards as well as permanent resident certificates illegally. They are suspected to be involved in various anti-national activities such as drug trafficking, hawala transactions etc. at behest of enemies of the Nation. Due to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar, there will be increase in pro-separatists as well as anti-Indian activities in J&K especially in communally sensitive Jammu region which has so far displayed maturity and tolerance. Immediate and necessary directions are required to respondents for deporting these immigrants back to their native places.
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