In a recent update surrounding Rohingya Muslim refugees in India, it has come to light that the Dum Dum Municipality in West Bengal is issuing birth certificates to Rohingyas. The information was revealed when a Rohingya Muslim named Mohd. Ismail was arrested in Hyderabad. He confessed that he belongs to Nayaphara Village, Busidang district, Ikyapu state, Myanmar, and came to Bangladesh via Dhaka in 2014. There he took help of a broker and boarded a bus to Kolkata.
Then Mohd. Ismail came to Delhi from Kolkata, lived in Burma refugee campus and worked in the national capital for one year. He even obtained United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card with reference No 305-15C02062 by UNHCR India in January 2016. Later he traveled to Belgum, Karnataka and started working in a meat shop and it was there that he was helped by a man named Anwar in getting an Aadhar Card and Electoral Photo Identity Card.
In June 2016, Anwar accompanied Mohd. Ismail to Pahadishareef village and introduced him to Abdul Rasheed. From then on, he had been living as a tenant in Abdul Rasheed’s house H.No 7-21/1, Rajeevgandhinagar and involved himself in tile work at Chandrayanaguota. It was Abdul Rasheed who helped him get ID proof like Aadhar Card, electoral photo identity card while he was staying in Karnataka. In order to get Aadhar Card and electoral identity card belonging to the state of Karnataka, he had to get himself enrolled at the ASIMS online service and in that too, was helped by Abdul Rasheed.
Now, Mohd. Ismail has been arrested by Pahadishareef police with aid of special branch Rachakonda led by DCP LB Nagar Zone and his team lead by ACP Ibrahimpatnam. The documents seized from him include Voter identity card BR.No. YU 02867851, Dum Dum Municipality Birth Certificate, Pan Card BR No. ACWPE 7213K, Aadhar Card 68771241330 and UNHCR card.
NewsX reports Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Baisakhi Banerjee saying that the documents were issued by West Bengal’s Dum Dum Municipality when the party was not in power and hence they can’t be a TMC product.