'Rohingya pose threat': Alleged Indian affidavit

A plea has been filed before SC on behalf of around 7,000 Rohingya refugees from 23 settlements in Jammu where the community members are living in camps

Desperate Rohingya grab for aid handouts of clothing and food in Tankhali, Bangladesh.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his government's plan to deport Rohingya Muslims refugees staying in India. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

On Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government would file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday, when the case regarding the issue comes up for hearing.

Owaisi requested the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government to not see Rohingyas as Muslims, but to consider them are refugees. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors.

Meanwhile, India on Thursday rushed 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh and pledged all help to Dhaka in tackling the humanitarian crisis after almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fled to the country from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

Rohingya Musims who fled persecution in Myanmar can not stay in India as they are a threat to national security, the Government of India told the Supreme Court on Thursday. "Then why not 40,000 Rohingyas?" he asked.

Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that the issues of law and order would be faced if the Rohingya immigrants stay in the country permanently.

The central government on Thursday in their "unfinalised affidavit" had said that Rohingyas pose a security threat to the country.

Salimullah has moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to restrain the government from deporting Rohingyas. Bangladeshi also sent them back because they were indulged in some illegal activities.

Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

It also said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of "Non- Refoulement', which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives". "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"

China has endorsed the crackdown on the persecuted Rohingyas by security forces in Myanmar.



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