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Rohingya info: Cops turn to court to book UN body

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police’s particular investigation workforce (SIT) has filed a petition in a town prison courtroom against the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for not following its orders in a probe against Rohingya refugees. The petition has up to now neither been admitted nor disposed of through the 12th further courtroom of metropolitan Justice of the Peace at Nampally.

Hyderabad police officers say that UNHCR can't claim immunity from Indian rules as the country is neither a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951 nor its Protocol of 1967.

SIT is probing four instances the place Rohingya refugees allegedly obtained voter ID and Aadhaar cards through claiming to be Indian voters. Officials say that of the four instances, the arrest of 8 individuals, together with five Rohingya who got here from Myanmar, in January 2018, is the most distinguished.

The police officers had requested UNHCR for biometrics, photographs and different demographic main points of the Rohingya taken during their enrolment as refugees to establish that the accused who claimed to be Indians have been actually refugees. The UN company, however, refused to percentage the information declaring that they'd immunity from the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). UNHCR registers asylum seekers and grants them refugee standing in line with the information they supply.

Deputy commissioner of police Avinash Mohanty advised TOI, “We have sought the information from UNHCR that could be necessary evidence to our case, however they have got refused it.”

Assistant commissioner of police D Hari Kumar Yadav, who is a part of the SIT, said, “Rohingya are misusing their refugee standing. By generating electrical energy expenses, they're getting voter ID cards, which in flip helps them to get Aadhaar. One of the accused even obtained a passport. We filed a petition asking the courtroom to take cognisance below CrPC Section 195 and IPC Section 188.”

CrPC Section 195 (b) (ii) pertains to forgery with a record produced in courtroom as evidence. IPC Section 188 pertains to disobeying a public servant. An electronic mail despatched to UNHCR India seeking knowledge at the factor is yet to be responded, police said

Police officials said that regardless of a courtroom order the Unique Identification Authority of India had additionally previous refused to percentage biometric data of Rohingya bringing up the Aadhaar Act of 2016 and different instances.

Special public prosecutor for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at Hyderabad, P Vishnuvardhan Reddy, advised TOI, “As UNHCR operates inside of Indian territory and Rohingya have fraudulently obtained Aadhaar and EPIC cards, the local police is empowered to initiated prosecution not simplest below Section 195 of the CrPC, but in addition below Section 176 of the IPC as the UN company has refused knowledge required through legislation. Under Section 195, a public servant can file a petition in courtroom for contempt of a lawful authority.”

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