Ten Rohingyas, who have been held in Tezpur Central Prison in Assam state for the past seven years, have lodged an appeal with the Guwahati High Court to be granted refugee status or to be returned to Myanmar. The 10 people, who belong to two related families, were arrested in 2014 for entering the country without valid documents and have been in prison ever since.
Judge Koteswar Singh and Judge Malasri Nandi, upon hearing their arguments recently, noted that the petitioners admitted that they were Myanmar nationals who were convicted of entering the country without proper documentation. The court said that they have served the sentences handed down by the court and are in prison.
The petitioners’ plea is to allow them to remain in India by granting them refugee status or to be deported to their country of origin, i.e. Myanmar. But the authorities have not taken any decision in this regard while they are in prison.” The court said that the Special Adviser to the Aliens Court had sought for some time to receive instructions from the government on the course of action to be taken in the case of the plaintiffs.
The court published the case for another hearing on December 16. The plaintiffs are Saeed Al-Rahman, his wife and three children, and Muhammad Allah, his wife and three children. They hail from Kundang village in Rakhine State in Myanmar.
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