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2 Rohingya sisters at observation home

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GUWAHATI, Oct 14 - Two suspected Rohingya Muslim minor girls who reportedly got displaced following violence-related tension in Myanmar, and entered India illegally, have been now placed under special attention at an observation home in Guwahati.

On the other hand, a claim for guardianship put forward by a person from Jammu and Kashmir has been rejected by the Juvenile Justice Board, Guwahati, as he could not produce any valid or admissible documents.

The Rohingya sisters, sources said, were arrested in Guwahati in June this year when they were about to board a train to Jammu and Kashmir, where thousands of violence-hit Rohingya families are staying as refugees.

The Board also made it categorical that no one should be allowed to meet the Rohingya cousin sisters, without its prior permission.

�After the claim by the Kashmiri person could not be authenticated, the Board had ordered the restrictions keeping in mind the safety of the girls,� sources said, adding, �The Board, however, is yet to come to a conclusion on the nationality of the minor girls as they possess no documental evidence to prove their case.�

Sources at Dispur said, �As the matter is with the JJB, and that too in an evidence stage, there is nothing to be commented. But in case the need arises, the government will take up the matter with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).�

�There are reports of many such Rohingya Muslims residing in India even without UNHCR cards, which are in a verifiable stage,� sources pointed out.

The Rohingya Muslims are often classified as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In recent years, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their country fearing for their lives.

Investigators claim that the minor girls entered India (Tripura) via Bangladesh and were brought to Assam by a person identified as Md Javed. Both the girls were later booked under Section 14 of the Foreigners� Act and Section 4 of the Passport Act.

Initially they were suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals as they could only speak a dialect very similar to Bengali, police sources said.

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2 Rohingya sisters at observation home

GUWAHATI, Oct 14 - Two suspected Rohingya Muslim minor girls who reportedly got displaced following violence-related tension in Myanmar, and entered India illegally, have been now placed under special attention at an observation home in Guwahati.

On the other hand, a claim for guardianship put forward by a person from Jammu and Kashmir has been rejected by the Juvenile Justice Board, Guwahati, as he could not produce any valid or admissible documents.

The Rohingya sisters, sources said, were arrested in Guwahati in June this year when they were about to board a train to Jammu and Kashmir, where thousands of violence-hit Rohingya families are staying as refugees.

The Board also made it categorical that no one should be allowed to meet the Rohingya cousin sisters, without its prior permission.

�After the claim by the Kashmiri person could not be authenticated, the Board had ordered the restrictions keeping in mind the safety of the girls,� sources said, adding, �The Board, however, is yet to come to a conclusion on the nationality of the minor girls as they possess no documental evidence to prove their case.�

Sources at Dispur said, �As the matter is with the JJB, and that too in an evidence stage, there is nothing to be commented. But in case the need arises, the government will take up the matter with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).�

�There are reports of many such Rohingya Muslims residing in India even without UNHCR cards, which are in a verifiable stage,� sources pointed out.

The Rohingya Muslims are often classified as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In recent years, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their country fearing for their lives.

Investigators claim that the minor girls entered India (Tripura) via Bangladesh and were brought to Assam by a person identified as Md Javed. Both the girls were later booked under Section 14 of the Foreigners� Act and Section 4 of the Passport Act.

Initially they were suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals as they could only speak a dialect very similar to Bengali, police sources said.

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