April 8, 2017
Jammu’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries has issued an 10-day ultimatum to the state government and threatened to “identify and kill” Rohingya Muslims if they were not deported soon, according to reports in the Indian media.
“We will have no option but to launch an ‘identify and kill’ movement against such criminals,” Rakesh Gupta told reporters, according to Scroll.In. The online website also said that Gupta called the refugees “criminals and drug traffickers who are disowned by their own country”.
In response, several groups expressed solidarity with the Rohingya refugees. Jammu Action Committee President Sheikh Sartaj and youth leader Mohammed Hillal Beig were those who held demonstrations and condemned Hindu nationalists for singling out ‘innocent’ Rohingya refugees for political purposes and urged police to take action against groups spreading hatred.
The central government is already looking for ways to expel thousands of Rohingya refugees in Jammu.