SRINAGAR, India -- Clouds of fear have enveloped the Rohingya refugee camp in India as the authorities have detained nearly 200 refugees since March in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Human rights defenders are concerned over the possible deportation of Rohingya, especially at a time when Myanmar is under military control and has ongoing civil disobedience.
"We were asked by the local police to fill in the form for registration [at a stadium]," a Rohingya refugee in Jammu told Nikkei Asia on condition of anonymity about an incident he saw last month. "We were also told that, after COVID-19 tests, we will be released. [But] instead, people who were present [at] the stadium were taken to a detention center in the Hiranagar subjail in Kathua." According to him, there were five to seven pregnant women among the detainees.