New Delhi: After India deported at least seven Rohingya refugees who had been lodged in the Silchar Detention centre in Assam since 2012 to Myanmar on Thursday after the completion of formalities, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that the Myanmar government had issued Certificates of Identity to facilitate travel of these individuals to their hometowns in Rakhine State.

In accordance with established procedures and previous precedent and with the assistance of MEA, the Embassy of Myanmar was able to establish the identity of these individuals as residents of that country and was hence given Certificates of Identity.

The MEA said that after reconfirming the refugees’ willingness to be repatriated on Oct 3, 2018, that the seven of them were deported to the Rakhine state. It also stated that the deportation happened with the full concurrence of the Government of Myanmar and in accordance with established procedures and laws.  The Government of Assam too had arranged for the repatriation of these seven individuals to Myanmar.

 

The MEA had deported seven individuals from Rakhine State in Myanmar who had been detained in 2012 for violation of the Foreigners Act and had been handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur. The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Cachar at Silchar, Assam, had earlier awarded a three-month sentence for this violation and ordered their detention pending repatriation, said the MEA.

Those deported have been identified as Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam and are in the age bracket of 26-32 years.

Interestingly, the individuals had also requested in 2016 that Embassy of Myanmar should issue them relevant travel documents to facilitate their return to their country, said the MEA. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to interfere with Centre’s decision over their deportation. As per news agency ANI, Centre told the SC that Myanmar has accepted the Rohingyas as their citizens and has agreed to take them back.