Rohingya refugees in Haryana’s Nuh district have alleged harassment on the a part of the police days after a particular search operation was carried out at their camps to make sure that “anti-national parts had not taken shelter” there.

Refugees at three camps – Chandeni-2, Saddik Nagar and ward 7 close to Jogipur – that The Indian Categorical visited on Friday stated tons of of policemen arrived for a “verification” drive and searched their homes for no less than two to a few hours. The police later impounded bikes, rehris (carts) and different automobiles from the camps, they stated.

Superintendent of police (Nuh) Varun Singla, nonetheless, stated nobody was harassed through the raids. “The raids have been performed as a part of a particular operation to make sure that no anti-national component had taken shelter within the Rohingya camps. We have now a database of all Rohingya refugees and we verified their info. Nobody was harassed. Over 30 automobiles have been seized as they didn’t have legitimate paperwork.”

On the Chandeni-2 camp in Ferozepur Namak, Mohammad Ismail stated that on July 26 round 5 am, police personnel arrived and advised everybody to assemble exterior in a line together with their UNHCR (United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees) playing cards for “verification”.

“We have been all asleep when the police knocked on our doorways. Bola checking karna hai… thoda darr lag raha tha ki arrest toh nahi kar rahe (The police stated it’s for checking… We feared that we have been being arrested). They took out a listing and checked the names and paperwork of individuals dwelling right here. The police searched every home. Since I got here right here from Myanmar in 2012, such a raid has occurred solely twice, however no automobiles have been seized beforehand. I assumed that this was a random checking, however then we bought calls from different camps that their camps have been additionally raided the identical day,” stated Ismail.

“It reminded us of the harassment that we had confronted again house,” stated Mohammad Rafique, a building employee on the Chandeni-2 camp.

An individual on the camp in ward 7, requesting anonymity, alleged that he was overwhelmed up with a stick by the police. “For hours, they made us stand within the open and we weren’t allowed to eat something. I walked to a store to get some biscuits for my youngsters when a policeman hit me with a stick,” he stated, exhibiting his bandaged leg.

At ward 7, Taiyab – who goes by his first identify – stated round 5.20 am on Tuesday, policemen arrived and made bulletins on a mike asking everybody to assemble in an open floor behind the camp. “Folks have been panicking, in order that they referred to as me and guaranteed me {that a} verification drive was being performed. They stated they’re on the lookout for anti-social parts who might have taken shelter in or infiltrated the camps,” he stated.

The police stated raids have been performed at Rohingya camps in Shahpur Nangli, Chandeni-1,2, 3, Ferozepur Namak, Saddik Nagar, Punhana, ward 7 close to the bus stand, and on Jogipur Highway.

The refugees complained that with the police seizing their automobiles, their livelihoods had been affected. “We don’t have any paperwork aside from the UNHCR card and, therefore, we can’t buy automobiles. Folks right here have purchased second-hand automobiles from locals in Nuh to allow them to promote greens or scrap. The police have impounded automobiles citing that we shouldn’t have legitimate paperwork and we must pay hefty fines to get them from the court docket. My livelihood has been affected. How will my household survive? I’ve bought a challan of Rs 23,000 for a bike that I purchased for Rs 8,000,” stated Abdul Matlob on the Sadikk Nagar camp, exhibiting a duplicate of the challan.

SP Singla stated that they had acquired many complaints from throughout the district relating to automobiles plying illegally, particularly within the context of unlawful mining. “As a part of a district-wide operation, we now have seized 361 suspected automobiles and challans have been issued to 268 automobiles underneath the Motor Autos Act, whereas automobiles, together with dumper vehicles, earth shifting machines and others which have been used for unlawful mining, have been confiscated. There is no such thing as a hyperlink between the raid on the Rohingya camps and the DSP homicide investigation,” he stated, in an obvious reference to the homicide of a Haryana Police DSP who was allegedly mowed down by a truck throughout a raid to examine unlawful mining in Nuh.

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