Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K.K. Sharma said on Wednesday that they had instructions to push back the Rohingya to Bangladesh as they become a “liability” once they are arrested.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Sharma said this year they apprehended 87 Rohingya Muslims along the border, and 76 were “sent back to Bangladesh.”
He said it was difficult to distinguish between Rohingya and Bangladeshis as they had similar facial features and the BSF personnel were not equipped to differentiate between the two on the basis of dialect. “Our mandate is very clear that we do not allow any illegal immigration into India. So, whosoever tries to cross (the border) we send them back. We don’t arrest them as that becomes a liability as deportation is difficult and none of the countries accepts them back,” Mr. Sharma said. He said that around 36,000 Rohingya were present in various parts of the country and the BSF was prepared to stop their entry into India as their links with terror organisations could not be ruled out.