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Stalemate over deportation of 18 Rohingya

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GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Despite insistence by the Centre and the State government, there continues to be a stalemate in regard to deportation of 18 Rohingya currently lodged in different detention camps in Assam.

Official sources said although all the documents pertaining to their antecedents have been sent along with the testified documents vis-�-vis their nationality, the Myanmar government seems to be soft-paddling on the issue.

�The channel of communication between the two countries is somehow not working the way it should have been,� sources told The Assam Tribune.

In the last one year or so, 11 Rohingya were deported, in two separate batches, from Assam. While seven of them were deported on October 3 last year, five more members from a Rohingya family were handed over to the Myanmar authority earlier this year.

Despite rights groups from across the globe criticizing the move, the process of deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar from India had gained momentum after the Supreme Court had put its stamp of approval last year.

�It has been more than 10 months that the last batch of Rohingya was deported from Assam. However, despite the State government sending all the documents to the neighbouring country through the Ministry of External Affairs to facilitate their deportation, we have not heard anything from them,� sources said, adding that those in custody have already expressed their willingness to be deported back to their home country.

Sources even stated that there is a possibility of the Centre taking up the matter of their deportation with its counterpart once again to understand their position on the matter.

Most of these 18 Rohingya are lodged in Tezpur and Goalpara detention camps.

Meanwhile, sources informed that five more convicted Bangladeshi nationals, presently lodged in jails, will be deported next month after the Bangladesh government agreed to take them back.

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Stalemate over deportation of 18 Rohingya

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Despite insistence by the Centre and the State government, there continues to be a stalemate in regard to deportation of 18 Rohingya currently lodged in different detention camps in Assam.

Official sources said although all the documents pertaining to their antecedents have been sent along with the testified documents vis-�-vis their nationality, the Myanmar government seems to be soft-paddling on the issue.

�The channel of communication between the two countries is somehow not working the way it should have been,� sources told The Assam Tribune.

In the last one year or so, 11 Rohingya were deported, in two separate batches, from Assam. While seven of them were deported on October 3 last year, five more members from a Rohingya family were handed over to the Myanmar authority earlier this year.

Despite rights groups from across the globe criticizing the move, the process of deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar from India had gained momentum after the Supreme Court had put its stamp of approval last year.

�It has been more than 10 months that the last batch of Rohingya was deported from Assam. However, despite the State government sending all the documents to the neighbouring country through the Ministry of External Affairs to facilitate their deportation, we have not heard anything from them,� sources said, adding that those in custody have already expressed their willingness to be deported back to their home country.

Sources even stated that there is a possibility of the Centre taking up the matter of their deportation with its counterpart once again to understand their position on the matter.

Most of these 18 Rohingya are lodged in Tezpur and Goalpara detention camps.

Meanwhile, sources informed that five more convicted Bangladeshi nationals, presently lodged in jails, will be deported next month after the Bangladesh government agreed to take them back.

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