Thursday, October 6, 2022

“Refugee” Muslims are crowding Uttarakhand, warns security agencies

A file image from Pithoragarh

There is a spurt of increase in the Muslim population in specific areas bordering Nepal, particularly in Uttarakhand, the security agencies have written to home ministry.

As per a news report, a few areas in Kumaon have termed as sensitive in the report security agencies have written to the Ministry of Home Affairs. These areas are Udham Singh Nagar, Champawat and Pithoragarh. Two towns in particular, Dharchula and Jaulijeevi in Pithoragarh have been termed as “extremely sensitive” in the report. 

They have been termed “vulnerable areas” with the added warning that it could lead to exodus of people of other communities from these regions. 

Nainital, which falls under the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, is said to be worst affected as there has been a considerable change in the demography. 

Kutcha houses, initially built in the upper hill Barapathar, and other sensitive and restricted locations behind the CRST school in Nainital, have overnight been converted into pucca illegal structures. Locals says almost all inhabitants are “migrant” Muslims. 

These areas are not in Uttarakhand alone. In the Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh too a similar alert has been sounded. 

In the last two years, almost 400 new Madarsas, mosques and religious institutions have surfaced in Bahraich which shares an international border with Nepal. 

A warning has been issued asking authorities to take precautionary measures, as per DIG Dr Nilesh Anand Bharane. As per the intelligence agencies, a conspiracy to divide India on demographic imbalance is said to have been put in motion. 

According to this report, security agencies have revealed that these illegal settlers are attempting to build a corridor connecting, Uttarakhand, Bangladesh, Bihar, Nepal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. The possibility of connecting it to Pakistan has also been mentioned. A large number of Muslims are infiltrating this corridor as refugees. 

Since Uttarakhand is a border state, the district administration has been asked to ensure regular meetings of the proposed district-level peace committees and identify areas where antisocial elements are reported. 

Gajraj Singh Bisht, former state general secretary of the BJP in Uttarakhand stated that “initially, these Muslims would come to hold your feet. They will then beg you with folded hands. But, when their count grows from one to ten, they will not even let you access their streets.

According to the 2011 census, Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh 21 years ago, has an 83 per cent Hindu population. Muslims, the second-largest group after Hindus, make up 14 per cent of the population of the state. Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Buddhists make up the remaining 3 per cent of the population.

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