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Security stepped up for Myanmar refugees

Security stepped up for Myanmar refugees
Huge ruckus was created in Vasant Kunj on Sunday morning, when some Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students reached there to help the refugees from Myanmar, who have been camping there since last Sunday. The students had gone there to provide them with medicines and blankets.

After complaints from local people against the refugees living around the Sultangarhi mosque poured in, Delhi Police also increased the number of security personnel deployed in the area for the asylum-seekers’ security.

‘The number of police personnel has been increased in Vasant Kunj to thwart any unwanted incident,’ said a police officer. Already, some personnel from the local police station are gaurding these refugees.

Around 2,000 asylum-seekers from Myanmar have been living in the area since last Sunday, after getting shifted from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Vasant Vihar, where they had been camping for more than a month.

Earlier, Vasant Vihar residents had objected to their presence, and the asylum-seekers were shifted to an open area at the Sultangarhi mosque near Vasant Kunj. People are now objecting to their presence there as well.

The Myanmarese have been asked to not roam in the area.

The JNU students claimed that when the police came to know about their arrival, the extra force was rushed to the camps.

Later, situation became easy and calm by the evening. Last week, some students of JNU had requested the UNHCR to take immediate steps to address the pathetic and abysmal conditions of these refugees.

‘These refugees are going to meet with the UNHRC officials on Tuesday. Since then, the force will be deployed,’ said the officer.
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