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Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

Rohingya threat to national security could be used by ISIS Centre in SC Supreme Court
Christy Curtis | 16 September, 2017, 01:53

The spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs, Ashok Prasad, on Thursday refuted the reports that Centre has filed affidavit on Rohingya Muslims in Supreme Court.

Union minister VK Singh on Wednesday said the government will follow its policy for refugees to tackle the Rohingya issue.

Rohingya Muslims are neither accepted by Myanmar nor its neighbor Bangladesh and live in in constant fear following the Indian government's plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees. In a statement issued today, the former UP chief minister said: "In the bordering state of Myanmar, owing to unrest, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh, and in some states of India".

The affidavit that the government said was just a draft yet and claimed to submit it to the Supreme Court on 18 Sep was supposedly leaked. Based on several assessments made by intelligence agencies, the government reached a conclusion that Rohingyas could be a security threat as they are vulnerable to be recruited by terror groups.

The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were presently staying in India.

"The continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being illegal, has serious national security ramification".

Aid programmes for the Rohingya by the United Nations agencies and worldwide NGOs in northern Rakhine have either been suspended or severely interrupted, but some help is being delivered by the government and through the Red Cross, he added.

The choice of the expression - "illegal immigrants" over "refugees" - by Rijiju appears deliberate and also in sync with the BJP's long-held ideological stance on immigrants: They are illegal immigrants if Muslims and refugees when Hindus.

'Some of the Rohingya with militant backgrounds are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat, and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal/national security of India, ' said the affidavit.

"A fragile north-eastern corridor may become further destabilize in case of stridency of Rohingya militancy, which the central government has found to be growing, is permitted to continue", the affidavit said.

Above: Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

An Indian government affidavit-actually a draft of the intended affidavit-giving the government's view on why the Rohingyas need to be deported back to Myanmar, is being modified by the Union home ministry. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Centre said.

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