India is using “chilli and stun grenades” to stop Rohingya Muslims from crossing the highly porous border with Bangladesh into north eastern states like Mizoram, news agency Reuters reported today. Rohingya Muslims are fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, but the centre has said that the nearly 40,000 who are scattered in cities like Jammu and Delhi are illegal immigrants who must be deported in part because of security risks. “We don’t want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won’t tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil,” said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Delhi to Reuters.
“We’re using grenades containing chilli spray to stop hundreds of Rohingyas trying to enter India … the situation is tense,” added the official; Reuters said he declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to media. The centre has told the Supreme Court that it will share confidential information to prove that Rohingya Muslims have links to Pakistan-based terror groups. But Rohingya petitioners who have asked the Supreme Court to block the centre from deporting them said today that many of them have “no link to any criminal activity, leave alone terrorist activity.”