Myanmar: Amritsar lawyer to take up case of nine Rohingya Muslims stranded in India

AMRITSAR: Moved by the plight of a nine-member Rohingya Muslim family which was recently released from Amritsar jail, a local lawyer and human rights activist has taken up their issue with the Myanmar government to seek justice for them.

Talking to TOI, advocate Ajay Virmani said he took up the issue with Myanmar’s attorney general Tu Chin during a conference on human rights in New Delhi. Chin is also a cabinet minister in Myanmar. “These people have no future in India. What will be their status after their one-year visa expires? We have to fight for their rights,” said Virmani.

On November 15, Rohingya Muslim Noor Hussain along with his wife and seven children were freed from Amritsar jail but had no where to go as Mayanmar had refused to recognize them as their citizens. They were later adopted by the family of Milkha Singh of Mujjpur village in Tarn Taran district on humanitarian grounds.

According to reports, Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted communities there. Myanmar government maintains that Rohingyas had migrated from the Indian sub-continent and denies them citizenship and other basic rights. “Besides Myanmar government, I will also take up the case of Rohingya Muslims at international level,” Virmani stated.